Impact of Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMN) Influx on Host Community



The Rohingya refugee crisis is not a new phenomenon in Bangladesh, it has been a contentious issue that has strained Myanmar-Bangladesh relations since the late 1970s. On the recent time after 25 August 2017, the crisis became a big concern, the huge influx of FDMN have fled violence and human rights violations. The latest influx has increased the number of Rohingya population living in the camps of Cox's Bazar from one million to three million. This incident has made the situation fastest growing ‘refugee’ crisis in the world with the highest concentration. Moreover, poverty prone local host areas have been largely affected by the Rohingya crisis. This study intended to recognise the impact of the crisis on the daily life of local host community people. In this study FDMN-makeshift, adjacent host community was in focus for realising the severity of the impact. Apart from the host community perception, the present situation of FDMN community was also taken into consideration due to capture a holistic notion of the impact that was created by the new arrivals. A qualitative driven mixed-methods approach was adopted to investigate the situation. The study showed that the influx created multi-dimensional impacts on the socioeconomic, socio cultural and political aspect of daily life of the host community people. There were huge negative impacts of the influx on the local environment and agricultural operations. The insight of the findings give us a vivid understanding about the context of the humanitarian crisis (FDMN influx) and its impact on the host community. The findings of the study not only help to realise the severity of the FDMN crisis but also urge to take some programmatic initiatives targeting both host and FDMN communities.

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  • Published Date: Wednesday, 17 October 2018
  • Country: Bangladesh