The Rohingya crisis is fundamentally a human rights crisis with serious humanitarian consequences.
In Myanmar/Burma, the Rohingya have very limited access to basic services and viable livelihood opportunities. Their legal status and the discrimination that this stateless people faces must be addressed.
The crisis has a wider regional dimension, with large number of Rohingya fleeing to neighbouring countries on precarious boat journeys every month (Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia as final destination or transit countries). Monitoring of the situation is vital.
The European Commission, through its Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), has been funding relief programmes in Rakhine State of Myanmar/Burma and in Bangladesh since 1994. Additional support was also provided in Thailand in 2013.