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Dhaka Tribune

France sends back four Bangladeshis for lacking proper documents

  • 15 Bangladeshis held in detention centres
  • People who are staying illegally are being detained


Update : 28 Jan 2024, 07:10 PM

France has begun detaining people without valid documents and deporting them to their respective countries. 

According to local community sources, at least four Bangladeshis have already been sent back to the country. Following such initiatives by the French government, there is concern among the Bangladeshi community in France.

Rumours on social media claim that at least 18 people without valid documents were deported from France to Bangladesh last week. However, this correspondent has verified that only four individuals were actually deported.

Nearly 15 Bangladeshis are currently held in detention centres. Mainly, those working as food delivery personnel are being detained at train stations and streets during immigration document checks if they fail to produce valid documents.

Moulvibazar resident Nahiyan Khan, who lives in Paris, said: "Those who do not have valid documents in France are going through a very tough time recently. One person from Moulvibazar has been sent back to the country. Many without validity are receiving letters to leave France."

French expatriate Aziz Rahman said: "The current situation is quite horrific. I have not seen anything like this in the three years since I came to France. My documents were checked twice last week. As my documents were valid, they apologised and let me go after checking."

He added: "Those who do not have documents or are staying illegally are being taken to detention camps. Later, after preparing travel documents, they deport them back to their country. Three of my acquaintances have been deported. Most recently, on Thursday, a Bangladeshi relative was sent back. He was kept in the deportation centre for 35 days. After the Bangladesh Embassy issued his travel document, he was sent back to Bangladesh."

Aziz Rahman complained, saying: "The embassies of Pakistan and Sri Lanka are providing much support to their citizens who are victims of these arrests, unlike the Bangladesh High Commission."

Former Paris Bangla Press Club president Enayet Hossain Sohel said: "The situation of deporting back to the country is not as much as being propagated in social media. Mainly, keeping the Olympics in mind and due to the increase in crime rates in France, the police have intensified regular operations as a part of their campaign. As a result, immigrants without valid documents are falling victim to such situations. Moreover, immigrants with cards from Portugal and other countries who are involved in crimes are also facing complications. Some are getting out through lawyers."

When contacted, First Secretary of the Bangladesh Embassy in France Walid Bin Quashem said he has no information on how many Bangladeshis have been detained in detention centres or sent back to the country. 

He suggested contacting the Second Secretary of the embassy, KFM Sharhad Shakil. Attempts to contact Sharhad Shakil on Friday were unsuccessful.

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