A Rohingya Muslim refugee boy stands in his makeshift shelter at Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Banglasdesh, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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Bangladesh has counted more than a million Rohingya refugees living in camps near the border with Myanmar, higher than previous estimates, the head of its registration project said Wednesday as preparations for their return got under way.The Bangladesh army began biometric registering of the refugees last year after the latest mass influx of Rohingya from Myanmar, where the Muslim minority have faced decades of persecution.Bangladesh says it wants to start sending them home next week and has reached an initial agreement with Myanmar to complete the process within two years.The figures are higher than those provided by the U.N., which estimates there are 962,000 Rohingya living in southeast Bangladesh, near the Myanmar border.Some of the refugees have been living in Bangladesh for many years, but the repatriation agreement only covers those who have arrived since October 2016 .
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