#Mirpur Camp in Numbers
A recent research conducted by the Islamic Relief Bangladesh in the year 2016 paints quite a grim picture of the reality of the ’newest’ 44-year old Bangladeshis in our country. Conducted in 20 camps in Mirpur of over 116 spread across the country, it seems the basic rights of citizenships haven’t arrived with the label of citizenship. Of 395 households surveyed, it was found that only 3 percent respondents had an income of over 15,000 taka. The national average income of families in urban areas stands at 16,475 taka. 97 percent of all surveyed admitted to having an income below the national average. While lack of education could explain this to some extent- only 2 percent have an HSC degree with a mere 1.5 percent having graduated (interestingly only 1 percent have had a Madrasa education) - another is simply the lack of opportunities. Having just acquired some of the benefits of being a citizen, previous generations did not have easy access to education. Secondly, the Urdu-speaking community still faces a lot of discrimination and find themselves restricted from mainstream spaces, typecast into low-paying jobs.