Bangladesh population

Bangladesh: Operation Population Movement, Cox’s Bazar – Emergency Appeal no. MDRBD018, Operation Update #14 – Bangladesh


To date, this emergency appeal, which requests CHF 79,000,000, is funded at 14%.

Additional financial contributions are required to enable the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), with the support of the IFRC, to continue to help meet the humanitarian needs of the displaced people in Rakhine, as well as the local community. affected by the influx of displaced persons.


Description of the crisis

The population movement crisis that unfolded in 2016 with the largest influx in August 2017 resulted in the displacement of people from Rakhine, Myanmar, who crossed the border into Bangladesh. The situation continues as a protracted crisis due to the colossal number of displaced people – 926,561 people – who are entirely dependent on humanitarian assistance to meet their daily needs amidst uncertainty about their future, including the possibility of a voluntary return. These needs cover food and basic needs, access to health services and drinking water, housing, protection services, preparation for seasonal cyclones and monsoon rains, and health disasters such as pandemics and protection against the impacts of environmental and ecosystem degradation. The evolution of the crisis is also evident in the persistent challenges faced by the local community in terms of livelihoods and the local economy, among other factors, caused by the presence of a large number of displaced people from Rakhine ( hereinafter referred to as ‘displaced persons’ or ‘camp community’).

The Government of Bangladesh called on BDRCS to respond to the emergency in December 2016, in line with the National Society’s mandate to provide humanitarian services as an auxiliary to the public authorities. As a result, an international operation was launched with the support of the IFRC DREF, followed by an emergency appeal in March 2017. The appeal was revised seven times, with the latest revision covering the period from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2024. The seventh revision marks a new phase of IFRC support to the BDRCS in its continued response to the protracted crisis and in line with the Government of Bangladesh’s request to the BDRCS to continue providing humanitarian services as an auxiliary.