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Saudi Arabia deports 96 more Bangladeshi workers

  • Published at 08:37 pm November 7th, 2019
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File photo of Bangladeshi workers who returned from Saudi Arabia amidst a crackdown on undocumented workers in the kingdom Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Many of had legal work permit

Ninety-six more Bangladeshi workers deported from Saudi Arabia arrived in on Wednesday night.

A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight carrying the deportees landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 11:20pm, reports UNB.

According to the expatriate welfare desk at the airport, a total of 421 workers have so far been deported from Saudi Arabia over the past one month, while the number of total deportees rose to 20,692 in 10 months.

Tofajjal Hossain, one of the deportees, said he returned only after going to the Middle Eastern country just two and a half months ago.

Another deportee, Mohiddin, said he had been in Saudi Arabia for three years. But he had to return with empty hand in spite of having valid documents, he alleged.

Md Hannan Mia of Gazipur also raised the same allegation.

He said although he has all valid documents, Saudi police picked him up from a road of the country and sent him back.

Brac’s Head of Migration Programme Shariful Hasan said a total of 21,000 Bangladeshi workers have been deported this year so far.

Workers think that their stay in Saudi Arabia is legal if they have Iqama, or work permit. But according to Saudi law, it is illegal to serve a company where they are not supposed to, he said.

These things should be explained to the workers. Besides, the recruiting agencies should make sure that a worker will get job after reaching the country, Shariful added.