29.december 2012 credit EMG
The birth rate in the northern parts of Rakhine State is increasing at an alarming rate, sources said.
Three areas, Maungdaw, Butheedaung, and Rathaytaung, have grown overcrowded. In Maungdaw, for instance, there are 870 people per square mile.
Authorities said there are many cases of unregistered marriages, resulting in unregistered births.
In 2009, a small-scale population survey found 7,289 illegally born children in the areas.
The areas are located close to the Bangladesh border. The Border Immigration Management Centre has 26 centres in nine areas in Maungdaw District to check illegal immigration.
There are 25,553 Rakhine nationals and 443,390 Bengalis living in Maungdaw, and 46,192 nationals and 230,000 Bengalis in Butheedaung, figures show.
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