The European Union (EU) on Monday pledged additional €30 million for the Rohingyas in response to the influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar to Bangladesh.
Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides announced the EU's additional contribution for the Rohingya communities in Bangladesh at Geneva donors' conference.
The EU co-hosted the pledging conference on the Rohingya crisis with Kuwait, in Geneva on 23 October, in partnership with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
This comes on the top of over €21 million in overall EU assistance already allocated to Rohingya and host communities in both Bangladesh and Myanmar, bringing the total EU support for this year to over €51 million.
“Today, we stand united for the right cause. The cause of stateless people who have suffered for too long: the Rohingya. The Rohingya deserve nothing less than every other human being in the world. They deserve a future. We have a moral duty to give these people hope. Our humanitarian support will work to provide essentials like water, sanitation, food, healthcare, protection, and education,” said Commissioner Stylianides.
Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said beyond the immediate response, all need to think of long-term solutions for Rohingya and host populations alike.
“Whilst the focus should remain on creating an enabling environment for safe and dignified voluntary returns of Rohingya to Myanmar, we need to also ensure that local communities, who are already facing enormous challenges, are not left behind and that we provide them medium and long-term development assistance. Any solution has to inevitably include political dialogue with all parties involved."
Commissioner Stylianides will travel to Bangladesh next week to meet with Rohingyas and visit EU aid projects in the affected areas.
Registration of the Rohingya in line with international standards will enable to better target support, help ensure protection rights and facilitate return when conditions allow, said the EU in a statement.
According to latest estimates, around 600,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh during the past two months, since the exodus began on 25 August following the latest spate of violence.