'6,22,000 Rohingyas have taken refuge in Bangladesh'
Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said that 622,000 Rohingyas have already arrived in the country and urged Myanmar to repatriate them immediately.
Sheikh Hasina, who was speaking at the inauguration of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka, also urged Myanmar to stop the persecution of the Rohingyas.
"Over 622,000 Myanmar nationals have fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution in recent times," Hasina was quoted by Efe as saying.
"The inhuman persecution meted out on the Rohingya population in the Rakhine state of Myanmar and their forceful expulsion from their homeland have created instability in the region and beyond," she added.
The figure raises the number of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh mentioned in the latest report by the United Nation's Inter-Sector Coordination Group on Thursday, by 15,000.
Bangladesh has given shelter to the refugees on humanitarian grounds, said the prime minister, while reiterating the need for Myanmar to take them back at the earliest.