The European Union has been providing substantial political, development and humanitarian support in response to the Rohingya refugee crisis from the outset. It has so far made available €65 million in humanitarian assistance. With today's additional €15 million in support it delivers on its pledge to assist the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
The support will deliver on the medium-term development needs of the refugees and their host communities in the Cox's Bazar region of Bangladesh. It will focus on community development, social cohesion, mitigating risks of tensions, as well as gender equality.
On this occasion, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said:“Over half of the Rohingya refugees under 18 years of age, and the conflict has left many women having to look after their families alone. So the priority of this €15 million support package will be on the needs of children, young people, female-headed households and families.”
The above-mentioned support measures will help to make these communities more resilient – an approach also recognised by the Global Compact on Refugees, which is expected to be adopted before the end of 2018 and to be subsequently endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly.
The EU is committed to help finding a sustainable solution to the Rohingya refugee crisis – it therefore welcomes the World Bank's recent pledge of development support and encourages other development donors to follow suit.