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Bangladesh faces Catch-22 over Rohingyas

Repatriation puts refugees at risk; letting them stay brings backlash at home

Few believe a safe return of Rohingyas to Myanmar will happen any time soon, prompting calls for their resettlement in Bangladesh. (Photo by Mitsuru Obe)

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh -- More than a year after massive numbers of Rohingya refugees began arriving in a southeastern section of the country, Bangladesh finds itself performing a delicate balancing act.

The international community is calling on the government to allow the Muslim refugees to settle in the country, but Bangladeshis are pressuring the government to quickly return the Rohingya.

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