They were among the 64 migrants stranded off the Tunisian coast for 17 days
Seventeen Bangladeshi migrants who were stranded in the Mediterranean Sea have returned home by a Qatar Airways flight.
Flight QR 634 carrying the migrants landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 5:15pm on Friday.
They returnees are among the 64 migrants who were stranded off the Tunisian coast of Zarzis for 17 days after being rescued by an Egyptian boat on May 31.
A senior official of the Foreign Ministry informed Dhaka Tribune that after they landed, they would be interrogated by the immigration department, to know how they went to Africa to reach European countries illegally, and whether there were any local human traffickers involved in the process.
If no specific allegations are found against the victims, they will be set free after interrogation.
The returnees are: Azad Rahman, Rasel Matubbar, Ladim Matubbar, Asman Matubbar, Rajib Matubbar, Piyar Ali, Jual Sejal, Azizul Islam from Madaripur district; Idris Jomaddar, Sahajul Kundu, Abu Bakkar Siddique, Niyamot Shikder, from Brahmanbaria district; Rafikul Islam from Noakhali district, Saiful Islam from Chandpur district, Rakib Hossain from Shariatpur district, Shipon Ahmed from Sunamganj district, and Jillur Rahman from Moulvibazar district.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Tunisia kept them at a shelter centre after they were rescued from the stranded boat and initiated the process to send them back home.
The Bangladesh Embassy in Libya convinced the migrants to go back home as they went there illegally.