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175 Bangladeshi workers return home from Saudi Arabia

  • Published at 12:22 pm September 16th, 2019
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File photo of workers returning to Bangladesh from various countries Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Returning workers say hundreds of workers are being arrested by Saudi government

Some 175 Bangladeshi workers have returned home from Saudi Arabia amid a crackdown on undocumented workers there.

A flight of Saudi Airlines SV-804 carrying the Bangladeshi workers landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 11:07pm on Sunday, program head of Brac Migration Programme Shariful Hasan said.

The authorities concerned at Wage Earners' Welfare Board under the Brac Migration Programme have provided necessary assistance, including food, to the Bangladeshi workers.

The returning workers said hundreds of workers are being arrested by the Saudi government every day and over 1000 Bangladeshis are now being held at the Riyadh Deportation Camp.

The returnees, including Alim, Manir Hossain of Tangail and Zubair of Narsingdi, alleged that they were sent back home despite having their valid documents.

The Bangladesh Embassy in Saudi Arabia did not take any measures in this regard, they said.

The Saudi authorities have arrested around 3.8 million foreigners as it continues its crackdown on labour and residency violations, according to a report of Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Saudi Arabia has been detaining people for residential, labour and border security violations since November 2017.

A total of 3,790,173 people have been arrested, including over 2.95 million for residency violations, 583,602 for breaking labour laws and 247,220 for flouting border regulations, the report said.

The latest figures indicate that 544,521 people have been arrested since early June.

The report also stated that 940,100 expatriates have been deported to their respective countries since November 2017.