An immigration official from the Myanmar government has said two of the centres to receive and process returning Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh are in the final stages of completion before Myanmar starts the repatriation process in 19 days. Myanmar’s Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Win Myat Aye previously said Myanmar will start repatriation of Rohinyga refugees on January 22. The Rohingya refugees must be able to prove prior residency in Myanmar and show that they left the country after October 9, 2016, to be readmitted to the country. Last week, Win Myat Aye told RFA that officials in northern Rakhine State would repatriate the Rohingya refugees only during the daytime because of an extended dawn-to-dusk curfew in Maungdaw Township. Returning refugees who are processed at the two reception centres must adhere to the curfew and not go outside after 6pm, he said.
Source: Dhaka Tribune January 03, 2018 08:26 UTC