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Burma, UN reach agreement for safe return of Rohingya refugees

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01.06.2018

THE United Nations and Burma’s (Myanmar) government announced an agreement on Thursday for the safe return of Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in Rakhine state.

Almost 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled across the border to neighbouring Bangladesh since a military crackdown began in August 2017. There are now estimated to be almost a million residing in squalid refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar region.

“Since the conditions are not conducive for voluntary return yet, the MoU (memorandum of understanding) is the first and necessary step to support the government’s efforts to change that situation,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement.

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