IOM increases assistance as the number of Rohingya refugees in Southeast Asia rises

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IOM increases assistance as the number of Rohingya refugees in Southeast Asia rises

  • News by AUN News correspondent
  • Wednesday, February 01, 2023
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • In contrast to the 850 persons registered in 2021, around 3,300 immigrants came into Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand last year, an increase of about 290 percent.

  • IOM asked states in the area to cooperate in order to give the refugees life-saving care and support in order to stop the loss of lives at sea during the migratory voyage.

  • Steadfast assistanceThe majority-Muslim Rohingya group has been escaping violence and persecution in Myanmar.

  • Offering rudimentary servicesThe majority of arrivals have been noted in Indonesia, where IOM is collaborating with the government, NGOs, and UNHCR to make it easier for refugees to obtain essential services.

  • Since 2020, IOM has provided direct aid to more than 3,000 Rohingya in the three nations.

In contrast to the 850 persons registered in 2021, around 3,300 immigrants came into Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand last year, an increase of about 290 percent.

IOM asked states in the area to cooperate in order to give the refugees life-saving care and support in order to stop the loss of lives at sea during the migratory voyage.

Steadfast assistance

The majority-Muslim Rohingya group has been escaping violence and persecution in Myanmar. In 2017, more than 700,000 people fled the nation to avoid a harsh military onslaught.

In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, there are currently close to a million Rohingya living in overcrowded refugee camps.

Sarah Lou Ysmael Arriola, the regional director for Asia and the Pacific, said, “Since the Rohingya refugee crisis began, IOM has been determined to provide the Rohingya with the humanitarian aid they need.”

As the number of people coming in increases—nearly 300 as of January 23—IOM is stepping up its efforts to help those in need.

Offering rudimentary services

Most of the refugees have arrived in Indonesia, where IOM is working with the government, NGOs, and UNHCR to make it easier for refugees to get the services they need.

IOM has fixed up temporary housing and made sure people have access to food, water, sanitation, and getting rid of trash. They have also offered protection and health services.

Teams are also holding informational workshops in the Rohingya language to help the refugees understand the dangers of human smuggling and trafficking, violence based on gender, and sexual exploitation and abuse.

Supporting housing and education

IOM is working to make sure that migrant mothers and children don’t have to go to jail and is offering health services to Rohingya in Thailand. They are also trying to find alternatives to jail for migrant mothers and children.

As a result of vulnerability assessments, Malaysia is expanding a cash-based rental support program to help Rohingya refugees who are still afraid of being kicked out of their homes.

Since 2020, IOM has provided direct aid to more than 3,000 Rohingya in the three nations.

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