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DRC has been operating in Bangladesh since 2014, and in 2017 we started providing emergency assistance to the Rohingya population arriving from neighbouring Myanmar.

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Why we are there

The Rohingya residing in Bangladesh prior to 2017 are registered as refugees and allowed to stay on, while those who arrived after August 2017 were given the status as Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMN) who are to be repatriated.  

Further complicating the humanitarian situation, the Rohingya population is concentrated in a small and underdeveloped coastal area of southeastern Bangladesh, which is prone to natural disasters like floods and cyclones.

With resources and capacities already chronically stretched in the country, DRC’s presence and support in Bangladesh is critical to meeting the needs of affected populations and their host communities. 

What we do

DRC has been operating in Bangladesh since 2014, and in 2017, DRC started providing emergency assistance to the Rohingya population arriving from neighbouring Myanmar. As of 2023, DRC works in seven Rohingya camps and one host community, sub-district Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar, with activities covering three DRC core sectors

Kutupalong-Balukhali, located at the border with Myanmar, is the largest of the camps in the complex and home to the vast majority of the Rohingya, who are living in makeshift bamboo and tarpaulin shelters. DRC works on the ground to provide access to protection services and shelter materials, to develop alternative livelihoods and to improve infrastructure.

Despite the challenges during situations such as lockdowns due to Covid-19, DRC has been able to continue providing emergency assistance and support in collaboration with groups of volunteers from among both the Rohingya and host communities to strengthen their resilience to cope with crises. 

In addition to providing individual protection services for vulnerable adults and children, DRC also works with the Office of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner of the Government of Bangladesh to provide site management services, improving the standards of shelter and living conditions for residents of the camps.

Working in collaboration with

EU Consortium - ʻStrengthening protection, health, and resilience of refugees and host communities in Coxʼs Bazar, Bangladesh'
Humanity & Inclusion (HI)
Humanity & Inclusion (HI)
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Our work is funded by

Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
European Union
European Union
International Organization for Migration
International Organization for Migration
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Development Programme