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Rohingya repatriation: List of 100,000 refugees yet to be prepared

Without the list, the repatriation process of the Rohingyas might be delayed

The first meeting of the joint working group, which is to finalize the physical arrangement agreement for the repatriation of Rohingyas, is scheduled to be held on January 15.

However, the government is yet to prepare the list of 100,000 Rohingyas who are to be sent back to Myanmar in the first phase of the repatriation process.

Without the list, the repatriation process of the Rohingyas might be delayed.

Sources said the repatriation cannot start without the list.

Mohammad Abul Kalam, relief and refugee repatriation commissioner (RRRC), said: “We are analyzing the matter. The process for the registration of the Rohingyas is ongoing. “But, we are facing problem in making the list because they were not registered along with their families.”

The 100,000 Rohingyas, who will be sent back to Myanmar in the first phase, will be listed based on their families.

Till date, at least 9,500,000 Rohingyas have been registered by the government but they were registered singly and not along with their families.

When asked, Abul Kalam could not estimate the time needed for completing the list.

Regarding the joint working group meeting, he said: “After the meeting, we will understand what initiatives should be taken and how.”

Abul, who is also a member of the joint working group, said: “The repatriation process will start after both the counties reach a consensus.”

A government official said: “Before the repatriation, indentifies of the refugees as Myanmar residents will be checked. But, if we do not provide information then what will they [Myanmar] scrutinize.”
On the other hand, another government official said: “We want the first list to be perfect. It needs to be made as soon as possible to start the repatriation.

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