Magazine article Forced Migration Review

Migrants on Offshore Islands of Bangladesh

Magazine article Forced Migration Review

Migrants on Offshore Islands of Bangladesh

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Riverbank erosion and the consequent formation of new islands in the Bay of Bengal cause frequent changes in the shape and size of the delta, forcing the inhabitants to migrate frequently. This kind of migration is as old as the history of people living in this region but when the new islands get overpopulated or start to erode, people have to move out to yet more remote islands. With insufficient resources to enable them to move to a better place, they migrate to worse or more vulnerable places - where they become even more vulnerable economically, socially and environmentally than they were before. Cyclones, storm and tidal surges and increased salinity exacerbate their hardships.

Char Nizam Kalkini is a remote offshore island with an area of 3.57 sq km,discovered in the mid-1980s, since which time people started to live there. This island does not even exist on the administrative map. …

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