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FM: 93,000 Bangladeshi workers staying abroad with expired visas

  • Published at 10:28 pm January 26th, 2020
Migrant workers
File photo of Migrant workers at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Dhaka Tribune

Around 400,000 workers got the validity to work in Malaysia during 2016 to 2018

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said over 93,000 Bangladeshi migrant workers have been staying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Egypt, South Korea, and Iran with expired visas.

The minister made the claim while replying to a tabled starred question from ruling Awami League MP M Abdul Latif in parliament on Sunday, reports UNB.

Besides these expatriate Bangladeshis, Dr Abdul Momen said, there are other Bangladeshi workers in different other countries who have got their visas expired.

“However, the government could not yet identify their exact number instantly,” he told the house.

File photo of Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen | Collected

Of the total 93,000 Bangladeshi workers who got their visas expired, among them 80,000 workers are in Dubai and the UAE, 5,000 in Kuwait, 4,000 in Egypt, 2,500 in South Korea, and 1500 in Iran, the foreign minister mentioned.

Momen continued that a total of 600,000 Bangladeshi workers got the opportunity to apply for legal work permit because of the diplomatic wisdom of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Bangladesh High Commission’s efforts in Malaysia during 2016 to 2018.

Of them, he said, around 400,000 workers got the validity to work in Malaysia. “However, there is no process right now in Malaysia for having the legality.”

The foreign minister added that as many as 52,000 Bangladeshis have returned home from Malaysia over the last five months following the Malaysian government’s declaration of general amnesty for the illegal migrant workers.

Regarding Saudi Arabia, the minister said, the Saudi government announced a “Special Exit Program” to pave a way for the illegal workers to return to their respective countries in December 22, 2019. 

The Bangladesh Consulate office in Jeddah started providing service to eligible Bangladeshi migrants as per the Saudi government’s guidelines under the program.

“The migrant workers who will return to their respective countries under the Special Exit Program will be able to go back to Saudi Arabia after receiving valid visas,” Dr Momen said.