India: Home Ministry refutes reports that govt will provide housing to Rohingya refugees

As of early this year, over 18,000 members of the community lived in the country



Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

By Reuters

Published: Wed 17 Aug 2022, 12:05 PM

Last updated: Wed 17 Aug 2022, 2:36 PM

The office of the Home Minister of India has refuted media reports that Rohingya refugees from Myanmar will be given apartments and provided police protection.

"Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has not given any directions to provide EWS flats to Rohingya illegal migrants at Bakkarwala in New Delhi", a tweet from the official account says.

India is not a signatory to the convention which spells out refugee rights and the obligations of countries to protect them.

As of early this year, around 1,100 Rohingya lived in Delhi and another 17,000 elsewhere in India, many of them working as manual labourers, hawkers and rickshaw pullers, according to estimates from Rohingya rights activist Ali Johar.

"We welcome the statement on respecting the UN refugee convention and the plan to resettle Rohingya with better housing and facilities," said Johar, 27, who came to India a decade ago and lives with his family in rented accommodation in Delhi.

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