No end in sight to one of the world’s largest refugee crises

The European Union and its humanitarian partners have provided aid to refugees in Bangladesh since the very beginning.

The Muslim Rohingya minority have faced discrimination and violence in Myanmar for decades, triggering waves of people fleeing into neighbouring Bangladesh. The latest — and by far the largest — refugee exodus began on 25 August 2017, when violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, forcing more than 745,000 people to seek refuge in Cox’s Bazar district in the far southeast of Bangladesh.

Nearly 1 million refugees now reside here in temporary shelters, making it the world’s largest refugee settlement. To make matters worse, Bangladesh is also one of the globe’s most disaster-prone countries, exposed to a variety of natural hazards including cyclones, floods, and earthquakes. The Rohingya are entirely dependent on humanitarian assistance and the EU and its partners have provided aid to refugees in Cox’s Bazar since the onset of the crisis.

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