Immigration & Citizenship Verification Work Committee holds meeting 2/2023

The Immigration and Citizenship Verification Work Committee of the Central Committee on Rakhine State Stability, Peace and Development Committee held its 2/2023 meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
First, Committee Chairman Union Minister U Myint Kyaing talked about the formation of a central committee and five work committees to ensure the Rakhine State stability, peace and development including the Rakhine State development programmes, repatriation of refugees, humanitarian assistance and rehabilitation processes.
He continued that the Immigration and Citizenship Verification Work Committee makes efforts to accept the displaced persons and organized working committees under the Myanmar-Bangladesh bilateral agreement. It also verified the lists sent by Bangladesh until the end of February 2023 and made replies for over 87,000 persons – over 56,000 who used to live in Myanmar, about 900 who are on the lists of terrorists by the Ministry of Home Affairs and over 30,000 who have no documents to prove that they lived in Myanmar via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to the bilateral agreement, the repatriation processes are carried out under a pilot project and are estimated to accept over 200 households and over 700 persons. The Bangladesh side resent the lists of over 400 persons in addition to the estimated persons – over 700 persons and it was explained at the 1/2023 meeting.
Therefore, the verification group was formed to examine over 400 families and it inspected in Bangladesh between 15 and 21 March. Moreover, over 300 Hindus verified previously are estimated to accept under the second pilot project. These projects will be discussed at the JWJ meeting.
Then, Secretary of Work Committee Permanent Secretary U Win Zaw Aung presented the decisions made at the 1/2023 meeting and Director-General U Ye Tun Oo reported on the findings of the inspection team and facts to be reviewed.
Vice-Chair of the Work Committee U Kyaw Myo Htut, members and attendees coordinated the discussion. Then, the director-general of the Immigration Department sought approval for the meeting and the Union minister concluded the meeting. — MNA/KTZH

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