Snapshot Survey 2018: An Insight into the Daily Lives of the Rohingya in Unchiprang & Shamlapur

What happened to the Rohingya refugees after arriving in Bangladesh, what do their households look like, how are they surviving and what kinds of challenges do they face? These are just some of the questions we shared with MOAS as last year’s Rohingya Survey launched. 

What came of that conversation is the latest survey we’re about to publish this Wednesday.

The Snapshot Survey 2018 is a short, insightful, quantitative study looking at the daily lives of some of the Rohingya refugees in the Shamlapur and Unchiprang refugee camps, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. It draws on 1,500+ surveys recorded at MOAS’ Aid Stations in Shamlapur and Unchiprang between January 14th and February 14th 2018.

What we’ve gathered helps us a get a sense of the demographics, economic challenges as well as their feeling of safety in the camps. We found that nearly 90% of the people we surveyed were ‘new’ refugees who arrived in the wake of the 25 August clearance operations in Northern Rakhine State, Myanmar.  Most of them had arrived in October 2017. 



In the Shamlapur camp alone we found that one quarter of the households surveyed were led by women. These are just two pieces of the valuable information we’ve gathered together in this new survey.

We intend these findings to guide us into more in-depth research into the lives and challenges of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.  We also hope with the power of our data we can advocate for the improvement of their quality of life.  

Stay tuned for the release of the Snapshot Survey coming this Wednesday 14th March.

You can also follow updates on the report on our Twitter and Facebook all the way up to launch day.