Rohingya Crisis: Dhaka seeks active global support

Bangladesh has sought effective and proactive support from the international community to find a solution to Rohingya crisis apart from the management of the huge displacement.

“We need effective and proactive support from the international community to manage this huge displacement,” said Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen.

He said the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) provides a voluntary, non-binding and government-led process to discuss all possible solutions.

The minister also said that they had firsthand experience as Bangladesh is hosting 1.1 million Rohingyas who were forcibly displaced from their ancestral home and a good number of Bangladesh’s population was regularly displaced due to erratic climate changes every year.

Momen made the remarks during his intervention at the ongoing 13th GFMD Summit — Future of Human Mobility: Innovative Partnerships for Sustainable Development — being held virtually from January 18-26.

He thanked the current chair UAE for its excellent leadership in organizing the first-ever virtual GFMD Summit amidst the covid-19 pandemic successfully.

Momen said migration now is a defining issue of their time, a natural global demographic phenomenon and no country can deal with it alone.

“Shared responsibility, cooperation and inclusiveness are critical in addressing challenges to effective migration governance,” he said.

The minister said they should take all measures keeping the ultimate interest of the migrants at the center of all of their activities.

“Of late, we see that migration and displacements are increasingly taking place for reasons beyond the capacity of the migrants like climate change, sudden natural disasters and forced displacement,” he observed.


Momen said the responsibility to decide the future of GFMD lies with them, the participating member states