Rohingya Conflict

India hands over first 50 houses built for Rohingya refugees in Myanmar


Mains Paper 2: IR | India & its neighborhood- relations

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Not Much

Mains level: Need for immediate repatriation of Rohingyas


  • India has handed over to Myanmar the first 50 houses built by the country for the displaced minority Rohingya Muslims in the restive Rakhine province.

Concerns for India

  1. Illegal Rohingya immigrants are staying mostly in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Telangana, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka and Kerala.
  2. There is no accurate data regarding the number of such migrants living in the country.
  3. Moreover they have fraudulently obtained Indian identity documents like Aadhaar card, PAN card and even passports.

Measures for Repatriation

  1. India is building 250 houses in Rakhine province as part of a developmental project.
  2. The housing units were handed over during the President’s held delegation-level talks and decided to step up bilateral ties.
  3. India signed a development programme for Rakhine State in Myanmar late last year which was designed to assist the Myanmar government in Rakhine State to build housing infrastructure for displaced persons.
  4. This move was appreciated not just by the government of Myanmar but also by the United Nations and other agencies.
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