Phl safe haven for Rohingya refugees 

The first batch of the newly arrived Rohingya refugees will have a new opportunity in life in the country under the Complementary Pathways (CPath) Program.

Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Tess Daza said on Monday, that the five Rohingya refugees were beneficiaries under the pilot implementation of the country’s CPath program.

Daza said the first batch of the Rohingya refugees is currently enrolled in the country’s higher education institutions,” Daza said.

She said that under the Cpath program, which was supported of the private sector and schools, apart from government partners, the Philippines will host them for the duration of their training in partner educational institutions.

“The Cpath beneficiaries are recognized as refugees under the protection of the Philippine government, ensuring their legal status and access to services in the country,” she stressed.

Last June, the CPath program was completed to allow Rohingya refugees to avail of tertiary education training in the country.

There are over 909,000 stateless Rohingya refugees residing in Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazilas, Bangladesh, according to the United Nations.

The vast majority live in 34 extremely congested camps, including the largest single site, the Kutupalong-Balukhali Expansion Site, which is host to approximately 626,500 Rohingya refugees.

The Rohingya people have faced decades of discrimination, statelessness, and targeted violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, forcing them into Bangladesh for many years, the UN said.


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