800,000 (2012). Due to unrest, numbers are very uncertain. Total users in all countries: 1,700,000.
Rakhine state: Buthidaung, Maungdaw, Rathedaung and Sittwe townships.
Not much contact between dialect groups living in different townships; intelligibility situation is not clear. Dialects differ by river valleys.
About 1,000,000 refugees went to Bangladesh in recent years, the majority of whom have dispersed to other countries. Most refugees in UNHCR-controlled camps in Bangladesh were repatriated back to Myanmar, but many of these have returned to Bangladesh unofficially.