The Sultanate of Oman deported over 18,100 undocumented Bangladeshi workers in 2018, says a recent report sent by Bangladesh embassy from Muscat.
Bangladesh embassy labour counselor Sujaul Hoque informed the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment and the Wage Earners’ Welfare Board that the undocumented workers were repatriated to Bangladesh with support from the embassy.
He also informed the authorities that the repatriated included 17,800 male workers and 309 female workers.
Most of the Bangladeshi workers became undocumented in Oman after they ran away from their workplaces due to enticement and under payment of wages, said WEWB officials.
EWOE Ministry officials told New Age that in last five years about 51,000 Bangladeshi workers became undocumented in Oman after fleeing their places of work.
And at least 558 Bangladeshi workers are now serving jail terms, says the embassy report.
In the report, the labour counsellor informed the WEWB that 50 Bangladeshi workers had been detained and charged for murders and that their cases await trials.
At least 20 Bangladeshi workers are serving life terms and one was sentenced to death in Oman.
Bangladesh labour wing officials visited 15 jails in Oman to look into the Bangladeshi detained there and the mission has extended the legal assistance to the victims, the report says.
According to the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, over 14 lakh Bangladeshi workers were hired by Oman since 1976.
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