Bangladeshi authorities began a survey to determine the population of Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in majority-Buddhist Myanmar, also known as Burma, and are now living in Bandladesh.
According to the United Nations, Rohingya are the most persecuted minority in the planet.
Rohingya Muslims live in apartheid-like conditions in Myanmar and have witnessed worsening tyranny and violence that has displaced over 140,000 people and forced an exodus from the country by boat.
Some 33,000 have been documented in two official camps in the southern coastal district of Cox’s Bazar, near the border of Myanmar, but officials say up to 500,000 remain unaccounted.
Survey director Alamgir Hossain said Bangladesh’s Bureau of Statistics began the move this week with the aid of Geneva based International Organisation of Migration.
The survey across six districts will end on Wednesday and will be followed by a census of the Rohingya next month.
The information gathered will be used to create a community database and the census will also focus on the living conditions and socio-economic status of the Rohingya Muslims.