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The Mayner Ghona refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh   © Reuters
Looking ahead 2018

Will Rohingya refugees start returning to Myanmar in 2018?

Most went back home from Bangladesh in two earlier exoduses but this time is different

| Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

The signing of a repatriation agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh on Nov. 23 has raised expectations -- and concerns -- of an imminent return of Rohingya refugees to northern Rakhine state. But the reality is that no repatriation is likely in the foreseeable future.

Many of the 700,000 Rohingya who fled over the past year would choose to return under the right circumstances -- Myanmar is their home, where they have lived for generations, and they see no future for themselves and their children in the Bangladesh camps. But much would need to change.

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