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The Rohingya refugee crisis has seen almost 700,000 people flee into Bangladesh since August of 2017, making it one of the largest refugee emergencies. Added to previous waves of people seeking sanctuary there are now some 858,898 people of Myanmar origin seeking protection in Bangladesh. The speed and scale at which people crossed the border also made the crisis one of bigger humanitarian emergencies of the decade, prompting UNHCR to declare it level 3.

The role of UNHCR in the Rohingya crisis has not been its traditional one. UNHCR’s operational role to mitigate the crisis has got priority in its intervention. Followed by the role of UNHCR as a remedy for Rohingya response, dRi designed a forward looking prospective to evaluate the UNHCR’s responses to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The qualitative research has been conducted to understand the overall evaluation.

The main goal of the research was to analyze the extent to which UNHCR is providing a timely and effective response to the refugee crisis unfolding in Bangladesh including identifying the enabling and constraining factors that are shaping the responses of the organization in this particular case.

Theme: Migration and Human Rights

Research Method: Qualitative

Project Status: Accomplished

Starting Year: 2018

Partner: Lewis Sida, UK

Study Area: Cox’sbazar