The United Nations has warned Bangladesh that the saty of 700000 Rohingya refugees is likely to be prolonged in Bangladesh till secure conditions are created and refugees feel safe to return home. It is turning into a major problem for already resource and land scarce Bangladesh to accommodate such a huge population of refugees. Any attempt to dislodge them from their current camps itself will put additional strain on the limited logistic resources.
Presence of such a large number of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh itself is a security threat to India. Because refugees will try and sneak into India where they can find job opportunities and social security for their survival. Moreover, merging with the population is much easier in India. Over a period of time they will also get a political patronage due to vote bank politics. In addition, the youths are also an easy target of radicals and Islamic terrorists. The Arakan Liberation Army is already active in Rakhine State and may soon find their foot prints in Bangladesh and North east India.
Bangladesh is planning to move close to 10,0000 refugees to an island in the Bay of Bengal. This further puts Indian Island Territories at risk of infiltration especially Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In fact Andaman and Nicobar Islands have already seen rise of Bangladeshi illegal migrants. But moving another 10,0000 Rohingya ultimately is with an objective to push them either to India or to any other nation with maritime borders.
It will be in the interest of India to assist rehabilitation and early return of Rohingya to Myanmar Rakhine State. Even if India has to contribute for reconstruction and creation of civil amnesties, it will be worth contributing for than to create another corridor of peril. India must work with Myanmar and Bangladesh and help return of Rohingyas back to Rakhine State.
The originanl article with the same title was published in AlJazeera