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Saudi Arabia deports 120 more Bangladeshis

  • Published at 11:42 pm November 23rd, 2019
Deported Bangladeshi Workers
File photo: Deported Bangladeshi Workers from Malaysia at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Saturday; October 13, 2018 Courtesy

According to Prabashi Kalyan Desk and officials at Brac's Migration Program, as many as 21,000 Bangladeshis returned home from Saudi Arabia in the last 10 months

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has sent back 120 more Bangladeshi workers, raising the number of deportees to 2,615 in the last three weeks.

The workers arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka around 11:20pm on Friday by Saudi Airlines flight SV-804, reports UNB.

According to Prabashi Kalyan Desk and officials at Brac's Migration Program, as many as 21,000 Bangladeshis returned home from Saudi Arabia in the last 10 months.

The deported workers were also provided with food and drinking water from the Brac migration program and then sent home safely.

Narrating his experience, Afzal, 26, of Narayanganj, said: "I went to Saudi Arabia expending Tk3 lakh just two and a half months ago. Unfortunately, I was caught by Saudi police who forcibly sent me back to Bangladesh despite having 'Akama' [permit]."

Like Afzal, Kamrul, a resident of Brahmanbaria, also went to the KSA at the cost of Tk4.6 lakh two and a half months back, but compelled to return home with an empty hand.

Montu Mia, Saidul Islam of Brahmanbaria, Naim of Narsingdi, Faruk Hossain of Habiganj, and Saiful Islam of Dhaka were also sent back home in the same way.

Many of the deported workers complained that they paid money to Kafil (employers) for making Akama, but Kafil did not do so. 

After arrest, they contacted Kafil but they refused to take their responsibility and suggested the administration to send them home cancelling their visas.

Shariful Hassan, head of Brac's Migration Program, said: "We expect a meeting between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia will be held three days later when this issue alongside the issue of female workers will be discussed.

"We have to stop fraudulence in the name of free visas," he added.

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