Burmese people in Pakistan

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Burmese people in Pakistan
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Rohingya · Burmese · Chittagonian · Urdu · English and other Myanmar languages
Islam · Buddhism
Related ethnic groups
Burmese diaspora

Pakistan Burmese (Urdu: پاکستانی برمی ‎) are a Muslim community based in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. They are Rohingya Muslims (Urdu: روہنگیا مسلمان‎) from Rakhine State in Burma, who have fled their homeland of Arakan State under the Persecution of Muslims citizens by the Burmese junta and Buddhist majority.[1] According to varied Pakistani government sources and the Arakan Historical Society, there are some 200,000 Rohingya refugees residing in Pakistan.[2][3][4] All of them have made a perilous journey across Bangladesh and India and have settled in Karachi. The Rohingya Muslim in Karachi have now obtained Pakistani citizenship. A report on human trafficking stated that Burmese people make up fourteen percent of Karachi's undocumented immigrants.[5] In the recent years, scores of Burmese women seeking employment have entered the country. Different resources cite the number of these women to be in the thousands.[6]

Rohingyas and Bengalis in Karachi[edit]

According to the community leaders and social scientists there are over 1.6 million Bengalis and up to 400,000 Rohingyas living in Karachi.[7] There are numerous Burmese housing colonies that can be found throughout Karachi. Traditionally, cultural similarities of the Rohingya people to those of Bengalis has enabled easier communication and interaction of the Burmese in Karachi with the Bengali community. Their native Rohingya language furthermore has dialect familiarities especially with the Bangladeshi natives hailing from Chittagong, who speak a somewhat indistinct Chittagonian language. As a result of the great inter-ethnic engagement, the Burmese people in Pakistan have a special reputation for being found in areas only that traditionally also contain a Bengali population. With more stringent control and difficulty in traversing borders the Burmese have now started travelling east to countries closer to Burma such as Thailand, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Malaysia. The number of Burmese in Pakistan has been on the decline in recent years.

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