Fact Sheet: Myanmar Refugee Crisis (July 2018)

Since 25 August 2017, around 706,000 refugees from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh. Over 900,000 refuges are now living in Cox’s Bazar (ISCG Report, 19 July 2018), including those who arrived before the exodus.

Women, children and infants make up over 70 per cent of the refugees. The scale of the influx of refugees arriving in Cox’s Bazar is unprecedented and putting enormous pressure on the Bangladesh government, host communities and humanitarian agencies. The huge number of refugees need clean drinking water, food, medical help, protection and safe shelter. The monsoon season further exacerbated the situation where people are at risk of landslide, cyclone and floods and need immediate support as to stronger shelter and relocation to relatively safer places.