Some Rohingyas will go to US today
Dhaka, December 8: The United States is likely to begin repatriating some of the forcibly displaced Rohingya from Bangladesh to its territory. On Tuesday afternoon, Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen told the media, "About 62 Rohingyas have been registered in the first phase. Among them, they will take a few Rohingyas on Thursday, December 8."
Momen made the comments Tuesday after meeting with visiting US Bureau of Population, Refugees and Immigration Assistant Secretary of State Julieta Valls Noyes at the Foreign Service Academy.
Momen said there is nothing to be excited about this news. The US will take in some Rohingyas. It is like a drop of water in the sea compared to the number of Rohingyas. Bangladesh has sheltered more than 1.1 million Rohingya. He said that he had earlier urged the United States to take in at least one lakh Rohingyas, because the population density in the United States is much lower than that of Bangladesh.
The Foreign Minister said, "This is a good step. Because the US is going to start accepting Rohingyas and Washington has decided to accept some Rohingyas from Bangladesh every year. He also said that the Bangladesh government wants to see a better life for the Rohingyas."
The US Assistant Secretary of State thanked the Government of Bangladesh for the life-saving assistance to the Rohingya and discussed the safe return, livelihood, and third-country resettlement of the displaced Myanmar people. The US assistant minister arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday on a five-day official visit to visit Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar and Bhashanchar. She left Bangladesh for Thailand on Wednesday.