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The Forced Exile of Rohingyas into Bangladesh: Economic and Nutritional Outcomes and Future Policy Options

Event Date: 
Jul 10, 2019
12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EDT
International Food Policy Research Institute


More than 600,000 Rohingya people fled violence in Myanmar in 2017 and crossed into southeastern Bangladesh, joining 200,000 to 400,000 other forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals.

This seminar will include analysis of incomes, employment, food security, and nutrition based on a household survey conducted in camps housing Rohingyas and in neighboring host communities. Model simulations of potential effects of this population influx on the local economy will also be presented. Panelists will discuss future policy options.

This research was jointly funded by WFP and by the CGIAR Research Program of Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) led by IFPRI.



  • John Hoddinott, H.E. Babcock Professor of Food and Nutrition Economics and Policy, Cornell University; Non-resident Fellow, IFPRI (Presentation)
  • Mohammad Yunus, Senior Research Fellow, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (video message)


  • Cindy Huang, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development
  • Ruth Vargas Hill, Lead Economist, Poverty and Equity Global Practice, The World Bank Group


  • Rajul Pandya-Lorch, Director of Communications and Public Affairs & Chief of Staff in the Director General's Office, IFPRI


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