UN Wants to Negotiate with US, Canada to Resettle Refugees from Burma

Source: Reuters/the Irrawaddy

Published on Feb. 17, 2017, 11:20 a.m.

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh — The UN refugee agency has asked Bangladesh to allow it to negotiate with the United States, Canada, and some European countries to resettle around 1,000 Muslim refugees living in the South Asian nation, a senior official at the agency said.

Tens of thousands of Rohingya live in Bangladesh after fleeing Buddhist-majority Burma since the early 1990s, and their number has been swelled in recent months by an estimated 69,000 escaping an army crackdown in northern Arakan State.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) would push for resettlement of those most in need, despite growing resistance in some developed countries, particularly the United States under President Donald Trump, UNHCR’s Bangladesh representative, Shinji Kubo, told Reuters on Thursday...



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