Bangladesh prime minister to discuss migrants, refugee crisis at UN summit

Bangladesh foreign minister, AH Mahmood Ali said Sheikh Hasina will highlight Bangladesh's priorities and position on refugee issues. Photograph:( Getty )

WION Dhaka Sep 12, 2016, 08.10 AM (IST)
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will discuss the country's stand on refugees at the first UN summit on refugees and migrants by the UN General Assembly on September 19-20, reported Bangladesh's

She will highlight the nation's priorities and position on refugee issues, Bangladesh foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali told reporters.

As the current chair of the 'Global Forum for Migration and Development', Bangladesh is particularly interested in the refugee crisis.

On the sidelines of the UN summit, US President Barack Obama will be a part of the Leaders Summit, where Hasina will talk about Bangladesh's 10 million refugees, who have taken shelter in India after the 1971 Liberation war from Pakistan, Ali said.

She will also discuss the situation of Myanmar refugees who have taken asylum in Bangladesh.

According to UNHCR report 2011, Bangladesh is host to around 29,000 recognised refugees who were accommodated in camps and an estimated 36,000 unrecognised refugees who have congregated in makeshift sites to which UNHCR and other international and national humanitarian actors have limited access. In addition, there are thought to be at least 200,000 undocumented Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar.

UN summit on refugees and migrants

The UN General Assembly has for the first time organised a summit at the heads of state and government level to discuss large movements of refugees across nations and to respond to them in a humane manner. 

The aim is to "strengthen governance of international migration and a unique opportunity for creating a more responsible, predictable system for responding to large movements of refugees and migrants", the United Nations' official website states.