Disaster Management and Relief Minister Enamur Rahman said he made the request during a meeting with the U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh on Sunday.
"Not a single Rohingya has volunteered to return to Rakhine due to the absence of conducive environment there," Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque said.
More than 200 refugees from Chin State taking shelter in Bangladesh are receiving no government support and being ordered to leave, according to a volunteer aid group.
The refugees are not only at risk from monsoons and cyclones but also elephants, as they are blocking a migration path, with 13 people killed in six months.
The 31 Rohingya, fleeing a crackdown in India, were stranded on the border after being denied entry into Bangladesh and border officials failed to agree on what to do with them.
The seizures came just months after Malaysia reported a record bust of nearly 1.2 tons of crystal meth that was disguised as tea in a shipment from Myanmar.
The Irrawaddy discusses the prospects for peace and prosperity for Myanmar in 2019 and the lessons to learn from the past year.
U Myat Thu, who sits on a joint committee overseeing the corridor's development, spoke with The Irrawaddy about what Myanmar was doing to manage the potential risks and rewards.
On the 70th anniversary of International Human Rights Day, advocates said Myanmar's rights record was deteriorating.
On the other side of the world, processed and repackaged "raw Burmese hair" is selling for hundreds of dollars to consumers clamoring for wigs and extensions.
Local and international travelers can start applying for visas to cross the border online later this month.
A survey conducted by UMFCCI shows stifling costs, currency depreciation and red tape is making conducting business here ever more challenging.
Leeds United will visit Myanmar despite an army crackdown and the British government's advice against traveling to some areas in the country.