Japan and IOM sign $5.7 million assistance to Rohingya Refugees and Host Communities in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char

The Government of Japan has decided to provide the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with USD 5.7 million in assistance for upgrading shelters and improving the living conditions of Rohingya and host communities in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char.

An Exchange of Notes was signed by H.E. Mr. IWAMA Kiminori, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh, and Mr. AbdusattorEsoev, Chief of Mission of IOM Bangladesh.

The Rohingya and host communities in Cox’s Bazar face significant challenges due to the lack of sufficient shelters where their privacy, security, protection and dignity are at risk. Also, in Bhasan Char, opportunities for livelihood such as aquaculture, small livestock rearing, and vocational and life skills training need to be further increased.

The project, titled ‘The Project for Promoting Shelter Upgrade and Community Building in Bhasan Char and Cox’s Bazar District’, will enable more than 34,000 people in the Cox’s Bazar Camps and host communities to have increased access to safe spaces, protection, and psychosocial activities, and more than 11,500 households to receive shelter upgrade and maintenance support. The Project will also improve living conditions for camp residents through enhanced Site Management and Site Development (SMSD) works.

Furthermore, the Project will strengthen the self-reliance of Rohingya,especially women and youth,through improved livelihood opportunitiesin Bhasan Char.

 “As the Rohingya crisis continues into its sixth year, the international community should not forget this vulnerable population, who still face an uncertain future. We are very grateful to the Government of Japan for their continued support which enables IOM Bangladesh to provide ongoing lifesaving assistance to vulnerable Rohingya and Host Communities in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char. This support will ensure access to better settlements, protection, and livelihood opportunities.”, said Mr. Esoev,

Ambassador IWAMA expressed his hope that the support from the Government of Japan would improve the living conditions of both Rohingya and host communities.

“During my last visit to Cox’s Bazar in last month, I was impressed by the tireless activities of IOM including the Rohingya Cultural Memory Centrerun by IOM. Japan will continue to work towards durable solutions including early repatriation to Myanmar while cooperating with international organizations including IOM for better living conditions for refugees and host communities. Finding durable solutions in this crisis will be conducive to our pursuit of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific,” he said.

Since the beginning of the emergency in August 2017, Japan has been a steadfast supporter of the Rohingya refugee response in Bangladesh, contributing over USD $200 millionto IOM and other UN agencies as well as NGOs in Bangladesh, including through this new funding.

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