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180 workers return empty-handed to Bangladesh

  • Published at 12:16 pm April 26th, 2019
File photo of Bangladeshi workers bound for Malaysia waiting in a queue at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka
File photo of Bangladeshi workers bound for Malaysia waiting in a queue at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Despite having the legal paperwork, a number of reasons including torture at the hands of their employers made them come back

A total of 180 labourers have returned to Bangladesh from abroad empty-handed, as victims of torture and deception.

They reached Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport in Dhaka, using different flights, on Thursday. 

Among them were 164 male workers and 23 female workers, according to airport immigration sources.

A senior official from the Expatriate Welfare Desk said, from the total of 164 male workers, 106 were from Oman; 29 from Katar; 10 from the Maldives; five from United Arab Emirates; three from Algeria; one from France, and 10 from other countries; while among the 23 female workers, 16 were from United Arab Emirates; five from Oman, and two from Lebanon. 

The workers complained, despite having the legal paperwork, they were forced to come back because of torture at the hands of their employers, not receiving wages, or not finding suitable employment opportunities.

Shariful Hasan, head of Brac Migration Program - a program dedicated to providing emergency services to workers who return - said: "Migrant workers are regularly forced to come back to Bangladesh, but there is no one to stand beside them in their times of need. Only Brac Migration Program has come forward to help them."

He added: "Until now, we have given emergency aid to 2,500 workers. Airport Armed Police Battalion (APBN), Expatriate Welfare Desk, and the Immigration Department have always supported us in our endeavours."