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Govt for voluntary repatriation of Bangladeshis living illegally in Europe

Update : 25 Apr 2018, 11:47 PM
The government wants to encourage voluntary repatriation of Bangladeshis living illegally in Europe. Talks with the European Union are underway for this. Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Hoque said: “Repatriation of illegal migrants is a controversial issue but we want to keep it at a tolerable level." He said: "We have signed an agreement with the European Union in September regarding the repatriation, through which we are completing the entire repatriation process from within a developed framework." Since September 2017, some 70 Bangladeshis returned home from Germany in two stages within seven months. When asked about the repatriation process, the foreign secretary said: "The frame of sending Bangladeshis back from Europe is working well. “We want to see its reflection in the global immigration system. Europe has signed a re-admission contract with many countries, through which they can force the country's citizens to return home.” However, he said the process was not working. M Shahidul Haque said: "Based on the agreement signed with us, Bangladeshis who are illegally staying there will voluntarily return to the country. “One of the advantages is those who are coming back, they are not blacklisted. They will be able to enter Europe next time. " The foreign secretary added: "We want a system which upholds the human rights so that the rights of the illegal migrants are not violated." European Union countries issued residence permits to some 26,000 Bangladeshis in 2014, 21,000 in 2015 and about 25,000 residence permits in 2016. But only 4,100 permits were issued from January till June, 2017. According to the European Union, till December 2016, about 200,000 Bangladeshis were living in 27 countries of the European Union with legal visas and they had permission to stay and work in those countries. However, these 27 countries do not include the United Kingdom. Another statistics show that about 8, 200 people illegally entered Italy in 2016 while 8,500 Bangladeshis entered the country illegally till July 19, 2017.The article was first published on
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