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Bengalis from Bangladesh have been migrating illegally to neighbouring countries because of overpopulation (over 150 million) and scarcity of resources. As far back as 1975, the then Bangladesh Ambassador to Myanmar Khwaja Mohammed Kaiser admitted that "there were upward of 1/2 million Bangalee (Bangladeshi) trespassers in Arakan (Rakhine state) whom the Burmese (Myanmar) had some right to eject. He had implored the Burmese authorities not to press this issue during Bangladesh's present troubles [COUP of August and November 1975] and had been pleased that the Burmese had not taken advantage of his country's misfortune in this respect. CNN news media have recently published numerous reports of Bengalis illegally migrating eastwards by sea and land. Refer to CNN report of Nov 1, 2012, and Khabar South Asia of Dec 24, 2012. Once they cross the border, they identify themselves as Rohingya to gain international sympathy. Bangladesh newspaper UNBConnect of Nov 21, 2012 admitted that Bangladeshis are camouflaging themselves as Rohingya. In addition, approximately 12 million to 17 million Bangladeshi immigrants have come to India illegally since the 1950s.
Posted by Ray on January 11, 2013 01:56
Burma should grant citizenship to all Rohingya whose parents were born there. Simple.
Ray, what you have said is complete nonsense. For starters, the economic & security situation of Bangladesh is FAR BETTER than that of Burma. Why would Bangladeshis choose Burma (a country with which it shares a very tiny, heavily armed border) to migrate? That's complete nonsense.
Posted by Jahangir on January 12, 2013 08:06
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