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63 workers return home, returnees from Sri Lanka under special interrogation

  • Published at 10:58 pm April 26th, 2019
Migrant workers
File photo of migrant workers at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Dhaka Tribune

A total of 11 workers from Sri Lanka, 27 from Oman, 12 from Maldives, 10 from Qatar, and three from Iraq have returned on Friday

Another 63 workers returned home on Friday from Oman, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Qatar, and Iraq. Workers returning from Sri Lanka, however, will have to go through special interrogation.

Brac Migration Program head Shariful Hasan confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

A total of 11 workers from Sri Lanka, 27 from Oman, 12 from Maldives, 10 from Qatar, and three from Iraq have returned on Friday.

On Thursday, about 180 Bangladeshi workers returned to Bangladesh empty-handed.

Hasan said most of the male workers returned because they could not find a job abroad. Some workers lost their passports and were living as undocumented expatriates while others were staying with tourist visas which did not permit them to hold a job.

Among the 180 returnees, 164 were male and 16 were female workers.

A total of 106 male workers from Oman, 29 from Qatar, 10 from Maldives, five from Arab Emirates, three from Algeria, one from France, and 10 from several other countries returned on Thursday.   

As for the female workers it is a different case. Some female workers could not adjust to the new environment, some leave because they do not get paid, while some face physical and sexual abuse which led them to return home.     

A total of nine women from Arab Emirates, five from Oman, and two from Lebanon returned on Thursday. 

Hasan said: “We acknowledge the remittance, its high number, and eagerly wait to get a progress driven GDP at the end of the year. But at the same time, the faces behind the numbers are simultaneously being overlooked.” 

“Many of our migrants are returning empty handed. Especially, the women are being tortured and sexually abused,” he said.

“They found one organization to stand beside them upon arrival. We took an emergency support initiative from April 2018 to help returning migrant workers,” he added.

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