At least 110 Bangladeshi workers, who were deported by Saudi Arabia, returned home empty-handed on Wednesday, said officials in Dhaka.
A Saudi Airline SV 804 arrived with the workers in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:20pm on Wednesday night, according to BRAC migration programme officials.
Many other workers of Bangladesh were scheduled to return on Thursday night from Saudi Arabia, said the officials.
They said that Saudi Arabia continued to deport Bangladeshi workers and many of them were sent back home within three to six months of their migration.
On Return, Shukkur Ali of Keraniganj of Dhaka told New Age that he went to Saudi Arabia to work as a mason. He spent Tk 6 lakh to local brokers for the job.
After arrival in Riyadh, he had to pay 14,000 Saudi Riyal for making his work permit, he claimed.
The employer was processing his work permit, he said, adding that Saudi police detained him from roadside while he was walking. When he contacted his employer, the employer did not come to his rescue, he said.
Shukkur Ali said that he returned home empty-handed and now in debt as he borrowed the total money as loan.
‘Alas! I am undone. I am bound to pay Tk 40,000 interest on the migration cost,’ he said.
Nearly 6,000 Bangladeshi migrants, including 300 female workers, were deported by Saudi Arabia since January.
According to a report of the prime minister’s office, 50 per cent of over 15 lakh workers of Bangladesh in Saudi Arabia lost their jobs on expiry of their job permits and they became undocumented.
Since January 2018, Saudi Arabia deported at least 69,494 Bangladeshi workers after detaining them at camps, said the PMO report.
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