Coronavirus Pandemic

Bahrain to send back 347 Bangladeshis on April 26

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 22:37, Apr 18,2020 | Updated: 02:17, Apr 19,2020


A total of 347 Bangladeshi migrant workers, including detainees, are scheduled to be sent back home by the Kingdom of Bahrain on April 26, said officials in Dhaka and Manama.

They would be repatriated to Bangladesh by chartered flights which would be arranged by Bahrain government, the officials told New Age on Saturday.

On arrival in Dhaka, the migrant workers would be screened at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and later they would be quarantines, said health ministry officials.

In March, 300 Bangladeshi detainee migrants were released by the Bahrain government, according to Bangladesh Embassy in Manama.

Another 47 Bangladeshis were readied for voluntary repatriation under a separate general amnesty declared by the host government, said embassy officials.

The Bangladeshis had been jailed in Bahrain for various offences and they were among 901, who were pardoned by the king of Bahrain.

Officials said that Bahrain released of the prisoners as part of its efforts to contain the disease.

Bangladesh labour councillor in Manama Sheikh Mohammed Tauhidul Islam told New Age that they have completed the formalities to repatriate 347 Bangladeshis soon.

The workers have gone through health check-ups in Bahrain, he said.

Over 200,000 Bangladeshis are currently working in Bahrain, according to foreign ministry officials.

When asked about quarantine, health and family welfare ministry’s additional secretary Habibur Rahman Khan told New Age on Saturday that a recent inter-ministry meeting decided to quarantine all Bangladeshis on their return home.

After screening at the airport, the healthy migrants would be quarantined at Hajj camps for 14 days and only sick migrants would be sent to the designated hospitals, he said.

Habib Khan who led his ministry at the inter-ministry meeting at MoFA said that issues of migrant workers were being coordinated by the ministries foreign affairs, expatriates welfare and overseas employment, home affairs, disaster management and relief and health and family welfare.

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