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Chairman of Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) Dr Zaidi Sattar speaks at a a dissemination workshop titled "The Rohingya Refugee Crisis and Its Impact on the Host Community" held at Brac Centre Inn jointly organised by PRI and UNDP. Photo: Courtesy

PRI boss for continued global pressure on Myanmar

Repatriation of forcibly-displaced Rohingyas must be safe, secure and dignified, says Dr. Zaidi Sattar

WT24 Desk

Chairman of Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) Dr Zaidi Sattar on Thursday said the global community must continue its pressure on the government of Myanmar to take back the forcibly-displaced Rohingyas from Bangladesh, Agencies report.

“These displaced people must be repatriated to their homeland on condition that their return is safe, secure and dignified,” he said adding that the repatriation of 500-600 people a day could be a good beginning.

He was addressing a dissemination workshop titled “The Rohingya Refugee Crisis and Its Impact on the Host Community” held at Brac Centre Inn jointly organised by PRI and UNDP.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen attended the event as the chief guest where PRI Research Director Dr MA Razzaque presented the report.

UNDP Resident Representative Sudipto Mukherjee, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Zaidi Sattar said Bangladesh is now hosting 4.7 percent of the world’s refugee population with only 0.3 percent of global output.

Talking about poverty impact, he said 2,500 households fell below the poverty line while 1,300 more turned vulnerable.

Prof Dr CR Abrar of Dhaka University International Relations Department said Bangladesh is a shining example of refugee management and their protection.

According to a PRI survey, the prices of all essential food items have risen up to 50 percent since the Rohingya influx. 

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