According to diplomatic source, Juliet Valls Noyce, Assistant Secretary for Population Refugees and Immigration Affairs of the US Department of State is coming to Dhaka in three days to visit on December 4, to discuss the issue of Rohingya rehabilitation to U.S following legal ways.
The United States wants to resettle Rohingyas from Bangladesh. Confirming the US official’s visit to Bangladesh, a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on condition of anonymity, told reporters that the US has given a list of half a hundred Rohingyas based on their families. To send the Rohingyas to the United States, there are various documents to be prepared including the approval of various ministries and departments. It is currently being worked on.
He said that the United States will initially take some Rohingyas on a pilot basis. Its main purpose is to simplify the process. Once the process begins, more demand will come from the US at a later date.
During a recent visit to Dhaka, US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Affairs Afrin Akhter told reporter, “We are working in coordination with the Bangladesh government on the plan for the rehabilitation of Rohingya. We have identified a number of Rohingya for resettlement in the United States, who are interested in going there. We are working on this. We have resettled about 10,000 Rohingyas from Malaysia, Thailand, and other countries. I want to rehabilitate Rohingyas from Bangladesh in the same way. The United States is committed to supporting the Rohingya.”
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced the rehabilitation of the Rohingya in a statement on the fifth anniversary of Myanmar’s genocide against the Rohingya. He said that as an urgent part of the humanitarian response, the United States is working to increase the resettlement of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and other parts of the region in significant numbers. Its purpose is to enable them to rebuild their lives in the United States.
Before making this announcement, the United States sent a proposal to Bangladesh. Considering various aspects, Bangladesh did not agree at the beginning but later agreed and requested the United States to take more Rohingya. In this context, the United States has initially given a pilot-based list. The relevant ministries and departments are working on this.
Since 2017, 500 to 600 Rohingyas have migrated to different countries of the world under family reunification. Along with the US, Canada has also offered to rehabilitate the Rohingya from Bangladesh.
The United States has contributed the most to the Rohingya crisis so far. At this year’s UN General Assembly, the US Secretary of State announced $170 million in additional humanitarian aid. Since 2017, the country has contributed more than 190 million dollars to the Rohingya crisis.