10 Interesting Facts About Refugees In India

The history of the world is the history of migration. Migration has taken place since time immemorial and will continue in future. People have migrated to distant lands in search of food, shelter, freedom, security and better lifestyle, and in the process have made an impact on the socio-economic, cultural as well as the political fabric of their destinations.
World Refugee Day is observed on 20th of June annually throughout the world. It is celebrated to support refugees and migrants and raise awareness of the situation of refugee and to stop discrimination of refugee.
1) 11 million Hindu Bangladeshis refugees came to West Bengal from 1964 to 2013.

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2) In 1971, during the East Pakistan civil war, nearly 10 million Bangladeshis — mostly Hindu — came into West Bengal to escape the atrocities like murder, rape and forced conversion to Islam.

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3) Close to 50 Bangladeshis cross over to West Bengal every single day, said a report in India Today.

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4) In 2014 about 20 million Bangladeshis were present in West Bengal (NDTV).
5) Out of the 1.02 billion people in the country, 307 million (or 30%) were reported as migrants (Census of India 2001 MIGRATION DATA).
6) India has sent relief materials, including 62,000 food packages, to Bangladesh for Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.

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7) India is planning to pave the way for return of nearly seven lakh Rohingya (Arakanese Muslims).

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8) Recently India gave 373-tonne consignment contained 104 tonne of milk powder, 102 tonne of dried fish, 61 tonne of baby food, 50,000 raincoats and 50,000 pairs of gum boots to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

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9) India hosts 17,500 Rohingya refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR.
10) Refugees in West Bengal have produced 3,5,000 footballs in the last one year for football players.
India is often described as a land of migrants, which over centuries has attracted streams of immigrants from different races and cultures and assimilated them to build a composite civilization. Paradoxically, immigration, while enriching the land with modern innovations and industries, has also been a source of conflict.