India’s parliament has voted to recognise more than 1.5 million Rohingya refugees and will soon grant them citizenship.
The parliament’s move came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a speedy response from Myanmar to the mass exodus of thousands of Rohingya to Bangladesh.
The Rohingya have been forced to flee Myanmar since a military crackdown on the minority Muslim group in Rakhine state, known as Rakhines, began on August 25, when Rohingya insurgents launched an armed attack against security forces.
More than 3,000 people have been killed in the violence, with more than 500,000 displaced.
Hundreds of thousands more are being forced to live in camps in Bangladesh, where the Myanmar military has made life difficult for the Rohingya.
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) estimates more than 200,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar.
The vote was taken on Thursday after a marathon session.
It is not clear whether the parliament will approve the legislation.
The government says it will pass it in due course.
The government says the Rohingya are a threat to security and the state.
It has said that Myanmar has already committed itself to provide shelter to more than 5 million Rohingya.