MA IDS Thesis Projects

Date of Award


Document Type



College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences


International Development and Service

Degree Name

International Development and Service, MA

First Supervisor

Dr. Julie Dodge


This research attempts to compare and analyze the situation of the Rohingya refugee and stateless populations in Myanmar and Bangladesh. It considers the quality of life indicators (health, security, infrastructure, economy, identity, and education) of the Rohingya in both Bangladesh and Myanmar. Additionally, it compares how the identification as “stateless” or “refugee” benefit and disadvantage the populations based on the quality of life indicators. Furthermore, it takes into consideration the different barriers that the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh have created to prevent repatriation and the allowance of other official statuses. Based on this information, a toolkit was created that provides a basis for international organizations to address the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar with the purpose of improving the status of the Rohingya refugee and stateless populations.