Malaysian Amnesty for Undocumented Migrants

350 travel permits issued daily to Bangladeshis

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 00:28, Oct 22,2019


Hundreds of undocumented Bangladeshi workers received travel permits from Bangladesh High Commission in Malaysia to return home voluntarily under an ongoing amnesty, said embassy officials in Kuala Lumpur.

They told New Age on Monday that undocumented Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia were responding well to Malaysia’s ‘Back 4 Good’ amnesty.

Every day, from 300 to 400 undocumented Bangladeshi workers were issued travel permits by the High Commission, they said.

Bangladesh high commissioner Shahidul Islam told New Age on Monday that many undocumented workers were waiting for such an opportunity to return home.

He said that the Bangladeshis were availing themselves of the opportunity and many were homeward bound.

He said that he had meetings with all airline operators based in Malaysia to facilitate the travel of Bangladeshi workers from Malaysia.

On August 1, a five-month amnesty was announced in Malaysia to let undocumented expatriates leave the country permanently without legal hassles.

Malaysia’s ‘Back 4 Good’ amnesty would end on December 31.

Bangladesh High Commission requested undocumented Bangladeshis to avail themselves of the opportunity the amnesty offered.

Bangladesh High Commission’s labour officials said that the request was conveyed through the social media as well as Malaysia’s print and electronic media.

The amnesty requires undocumented workers to return to their own countries paying a fee of Malaysian Ringgit (RM) 700 per head.

The undocumented workers need to obtain proper travel documents, like passports or special travel passes from their embassies, and leave within seven days at their own costs.

Malaysian government said the programme would be directly run by the Immigration Department without involving middlemen or agents.

About 10 lakh workers of Bangladesh joined at jobs in Malaysia since 1978, according to the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training.

Officials said that there was no specific data of the undocumented Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia.

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