Kutupalong refugee camp
Kutupalong refugee camp (Bengali: কুতুপালং শরনার্থী শিবির) is a refugee camp in Ukhia, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, inhabited mostly by Rohingya refugees that fled from ethnic and religious persecution in neighboring Myanmar. It is one of two government-run refugee camps in Cox's Bazaar, the other being the Nayapara refugee camp.
Kutupalong refugee camp
কুতুপালং শরনার্থী শিবির
Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh
(Photo taken by Maaz Hussain/VOA)
|District||Cox's Bazar District|
(17 October 2017)
|• Total||22,241 (main camp)|
547,616 (expansion site)
The UNHCR Camp office at Kutupalong is supported by seven international entities: the governments of the European Union, the United States, Canada, Japan, Finland, Sweden and the IKEA Foundation.
"Kutupalong refugee camp" may also refer to the makeshift camps that have sprung up adjacent to the government-operated camp, although these are not officially part of the refugee camp. Makeshift camps at Kutupalong and surrounding areas have grown to accommodate refugees fleeing Myanmar over the years. In late 2017, the Kutupalong makeshift camp and surrounding camps at Ghumdum, Balukhali, Thangkhali and others swelled rapidly, merging into each other due to an unprecedented influx of refugees. The International Organization for Migration refers to the collective settlement as the Kutupalong–Balukhali expansion site.
The two refugee camps of Kutupalong and Nayapara had a combined population of around 34,000 registered refugees in July 2017. In September 2017, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimated that the combined population of the two refugee camps had increased to over 77,000.
On 15 September 2019, the expansion site had a combined population of 613,272, making it the world's largest refugee camp.
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