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224 more Bangladeshi workers deported from Saudi Arabia

  • Published at 06:45 pm January 19th, 2020
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File Photo of migrant workers deported from Saudi Arabia after returning to Bangladesh, at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on October 5, 2018 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Last year, around 57% of all overseas Bangladeshi employment were in Saudi Arabia, BMET data showed

Another 224 Bangladeshi workers have been deported by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on Saturday, although many of them claimed to have legal documents.


A Saudi Airlines flight carrying 116 workers landed at Dhaka airport at 12:20pm on Saturday. Twelve hours later, another Saudi Airlines flight carrying 108 Bangladeshi workers arrived in Dhaka, reports UNB.


Saudi Arabia has been the major source of remittance for Bangladesh. Bangladesh received more than $18 billion in remittance last year.


Bangladeshis in Saudi Arabia sent $3.65 billion, almost 20% of the total amount during this period, according to the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET).


Last year, around 57% of all overseas Bangladeshi employment were in Saudi Arabia, BMET data showed. During this time, 700,159 Bangladeshis found jobs abroad.


However, KSA sent back 25,789 Bangladeshis in 2019. Since the beginning of this year, another 834 Bangladeshi workers were deported from the country, according to official data.


Montu Mia of Narsingdi said he went to Saudi Arabia with a cleaner’s job about five months ago spending Tk 400,000.
“But, police arrested me when I was returning home. They deported me even after I showed them my Aqama,” he said.
Shamim, 30, from Barishal, and many others had similar stories.


“I went to Saudi Arabia on a driver's visa three months ago spending Tk 300,000. I worked for about two months without pay,” Shamim said.

Shamim said his employee arranged another job for him. “Police arrested me from there and my employer did not provide me any assistance."


Brac Migration Programme chief Shariful Hasan said many of the deportees were lured to the Middle East country with promises of good jobs and better lives.


“However, they faced a slew of problems and many were not paid. They are staring at an uncertain future,” he said.


“Almost all of them returned home empty handed,” Shariful said.