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Bangladesh Govt Urged to Control Rohingya Birthrate

25 September 2013

A standing committee of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says measures should be taken to control the high birthrate in camps for Rohingya refugees. In a report submitted to the Dhaka government last week, the panel said it found that rations provided to the refugees created an incentive to have more children, as each family member receives a full ration of 12 kg of rice per month, regardless of age. As a result, “the problem is worsening as the Myanmar Rohingyas are outnumbering the locals with each passing day,” according to Bangladeshi news service, which obtained copy of the report.