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ICC Note: Chin refugees, the majority of whom are Christians, are uncertain about their future as the Indian government threatens to deport Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar. The Rohingya refugee crisis has been one of the worst abuses as hundreds of thousands of people fled Myanmar to escape persecution. Since the Indian government threatened to deport the Rohingya refugees, other refugee groups are worried that they too might be asked to leave. Chin refugees have been fleeing from Myanmar for many decades due to government persecution. Currently, there are around 5,000 Chin refugees who are registered with UNHCR in India. Nevertheless, many of the Chin refugees struggle to make a living as the Indian government denies UNHCR identification cards that were given to them. Even though the Chin people are struggling to find jobs and support their families in India, they would face greater hardships if repatriated.

09/26/2017 India (First Post) – Everyone loves to romance a war that has ended. Outside the ambit of geopolitical developments, Myanmar was best forgotten as Rangoon, a colony separated from India in 1937, a place where colourful pagodas, hardwood teak and kinnari dancers wearing pointy headgear once roamed. It’s 2017 and Rangoon is now Myanmar; its refugees on Indian soil are a living and constant reminder of what life in that country is like.

In the north-western state of Rakhine, in Buddhist-majority Myanmar that borders Muslim-dominated Bangladesh, a military campaign is on to wipe out insurgents. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) is fighting against the state for the liberation of Rohingyas, who are being mutilated, tortured and forced to leave, only to be driven back by the Bangladesh border forces.

An article on the UN News Centre website states: “The humanitarian situation in parts of Bangladesh sheltering hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees continues to deteriorate, making the crisis one of the fastest growing refugee crises of recent years, according to the United Nations. According to estimates, some 3,80,000 Rohingya refugees, fleeing violence in Myanmar, have crossed the border into Bangladesh since 25 August (2017).”

After the Indian Government’s stand on deporting close to 40,000 Rohingya refugees, claiming that they had links with the Islamic State and Pakistan’s intelligence network ISI, other refugees from Myanmar in India are worried that they too might be asked to go back and the assumption that they’re some kind of a terror threat is going to make life harder for them.

In Myanmar, the largest minorities are Shan (nine percent) and Karen (seven percent). Other indigenous minority groups include Mon, Rakhine, Chin, Kachin, Kayan, Danu, Akha, Kokang, Lahu, Rohingya, Tavoyan, and Wa. Replying to a query posed by Firstpost earlier in the year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had said, “There are around 5,000 Chin refugees and asylum seekers from Myanmar registered with the UNHCR in India. The Chin community lives mainly in West Delhi and many of them have been in India for a long time. While the financial condition of many Chin refugees is weak, most of them are working in the informal sector to support themselves and their families,”

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