Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minster Nurul Islam said Saturday that between two to 2.5 lakh Rohingyas had gone abroad until now with Bangladeshi passports.
But these Rohingyas are sending money in foreign currencies to Myanmar, said Nurul Islam while inaugurating World Conference Series: 2018 at a posh hotel in capital organized by the Centre for Non Resident Bangladeshis.
Nurul Islam said that Bangladeshis often find Rohinyas with the Bangladeshi passports working in many foreign countries.
The EWOE Minister said that these Rohigyas got Bangladeshi passports by providing ‘fake citizenship documents.’
He said that they collected these fake documents from local government authorities including union parishad chairmen.
He said Bangladeshi workers were going to Malaysia through ‘a syndicate formed by the Malaysian authorities.’
He said that if Malaysia stopped recruitments Bangladeshi workers would be affected.
The EWOE minister requested Bangladeshi expatriates to send their remittance through ‘legal channels.’
He requested the non-resident Bangladeshis to invest in Bangladesh.
He said that the government was working hard to attract NRB’s investments.
‘We encourage Bangladeshi migrants to get united at home,’ he said.
The minister said that united efforts were needed to build Sonar Bangla.
NRB president MS Shakil made the welcome address at the conference while former minister Sheikh Shahidul Islam, former adviser to caretaker government economist Hossain Zillur Rahman, Election Commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed and Bangladesh Bank deputy governor Abu Hena Reza Hasan also spoke.
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