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Malaysia to return unregistered Bangladeshis

  • Published at 07:11 pm July 19th, 2019
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Malaysia is home to some 800,000 Bangladeshis

The Malaysian home ministry has launched a fresh amnesty program for undocumented migrants, which will let them return home without facing any legal action.

Estimated two lakh undocumented Bangladeshi migrants in Malaysia will get an opportunity to return home under this program, Bangladesh home ministry officials said.

Malaysian Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Thursday said the new program, “Program Back for Good”, was aimed at repatriating undocumented foreign migrants, reported Malaysian news outlet The Star Online.

The program will begin on August 1 and end on December 31 this year, the report added.

The returnees will have to pay a fine of RM 700 (around Tk14,000) to obtain proper travel documents like passports and special travel passes under this program, Yassin said.

The whole repatriation process will be conducted solely by the Malaysian Immigration Department, the Malaysian minister added.

Malaysia is home to some 800,000 Bangladeshis.

The Malaysian Immigration Department detained 5,272 Bangladeshi workers, among other nationals, between January 1 and June 4 this year in stringent actions against undocumented foreign workers.