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20 more Bangladeshis return from Mediterranean

  • Published at 02:06 am June 27th, 2019
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A flight of Qatar Airways carrying the migrants landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 6pm,

Some 20 Bangladeshi migrants, among the 64 migrants stranded off the Tunisian coast for 17 days, returned home on Wednesday afternoon.

A flight of Qatar Airways carrying the migrants landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 6pm, according to officials of the Foreign Ministry and International Organization for Migration.

This is the third batch of 64 Bangladeshis that returned home, leaving another 12 in Tusinisia who are expected to fly when they are ready, they said. As part of standard procedures, the returnees were questioned by the immigration police, the officials said.

Earlier, 17 migrants returned home on June 21 and another 15 on June 25.

On May, an Egyptian vessel rescued 75 migrants including 64 bangladeshis. After being stranded off the Tunisian coast of Zarzis for 17 days, the migrants were allowed them to come to the shore after the negotiation between Bangladesh Ambassador in Tripoli and the Tunisian authorities with the involvement of IOM and the International Red Crescent Society. They were kept at a shelter in Tunisia.

About the remaining 12 migrants, a senior Foreign Ministry official said that either they were not ready to fly or they were refusing to return home.

He pointed out that all 64 migrants had previously signed an undertaking following the negotiations between Bangladesh Ambassador in Libya and the Tunisian government and based on that they were allowed ashore to fly to Bangladesh from Tunisia.