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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 169-173

Exploring host community attitudes towards Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

1 MS, Clinical Psychologist, Regional Trauma Counseling Centre, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Government of Bangladesh, Bangladesh
2 MSc, MPhil, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Muhammad Kamruzzaman Mozumder
Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/INTV.INTV_27_19

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Acceptance and assistance from the host community is crucial to ensure support for refugee populations. This article explores attitudes of the host community about Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. In total, 202 respondents from Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar participated in a questionnaire survey about their attitudes towards Rohingya refugees. Respondents from the host community demonstrated mixed attitudes. This article discusses these attitudes and their likely future impacts on the two populations. Findings may contribute to planning strategies towards preventing conflict escalation and increasing integration in the provision of assistance to the Rohingya in Bangladesh. Key implications for practice
  • The findings provide a baseline on host community attitudes and beliefs regarding the refugees, which may prove useful in tracking and understanding changes over time.
  • It orients the readers to the need to consider a host community perspective in providing refugee care.
  • This article calls for action to improve host–refugee relationships to avert possible conflict.

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