12 June, 2018

Bangladesh: Population movement

A critical and complex humanitarian emergency is unfolding in Bangladesh, which is hosting more than 898,000 people who have been displaced from Rakhine State in Myanmar.

These displaced people – mostly women and children – are almost entirely dependent on humanitarian aid for survival. The majority are living in makeshift settlements in terrible conditions.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is appealing for 36,455,381 Swiss francs to allow the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and its partners to support 200,000 of the most vulnerable people who have fled Rakhine.

Download: Coversheet  |  Full appeal document


Since 25 August 2017, violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has caused a massive displacement of more than 537,000 persons across the border into Bangladesh, mostly to Cox’s Bazar District with smaller numbers in Bandarban District. Most of the new arrivals are wom­en and children. These newly displaced persons have joined more than 210,000 people from Rakhine who had been sheltering in Bangladesh for months, years and in some cases, decades. There are now more than 898,000 displaced persons from Rakhine in the south of Bangladesh.

IFRC Appeal

This Emergency Appeal will ensure immediate assistance as well as medium and longer-term measures to build community safety, dignity and resilience. It also includes contingency planning for future cyclone seasons and disease prevention.

36,455,381 Swiss francs needed
to provide urgent humanitarian support 200,000 people

Our impact

The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society has been responding in Cox’s Bazar since December 2016 and has so far assisted 15,300 families. Following the new influx, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society has been providing immediate assistance including emergency WASH services, food distributions and medical services, including at the border areas of Gundum and Naikongchari. Several water treatment plants have been deployed.

Key figures


of new arrivals are women and children

Swiss francs

Swiss francs
funding gap