Hundred and eighty three Bangladeshi migrant workers, including 20 women, were deported from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in last two days.
A Saudi flight carrying 89 workers landed at Hazrat Shahjajal International Airport at 11:20pm on Wednesday while another flight carrying 94 workers landed at 1:10am on Thursday, according to officials of BRAC migration programme.
Officials of the BRAC programme and Wage Earners’ Welfare Board received the returnees and provided them emergency assistances at the airport.
Returnee migrant Sharif of Pabna said that he had gone to Saudi Arabia a year ago and the country had deported him back though he had documents.
Shakil of Kishoreganj and Khairul of Brahmanbaria narrated the same stories.
Returnee migrant Sathi Begum, 30, was so sick that she needed to be hospital in Uttara.
She said that she had migrated to Saudi Arabia a year ago and been abused by her employer.
Sathi, Hira Khatun of Dhaka, Abeda Khatun of Brahmanbaria, Amirun Begum of Sunamganj and Farzana Akter of Moulvibazar came back together on a same flight.
BRAC migration head Shariful Hasan said that at least 3,634 migrants, including 175 women, returned home from Saudi Arabia in January.
Referring to the WEWB data, he said that 68,338 deported workers returned home in 2019.
Shariful said that BRAC provided counseling and skill training to the returnees to enable them to return to normal life.
He said that government and non-government organisations should jointly work to stand by the returnee migrants.
The recruiting agencies should also be forced to take their responsibility, he said.
Eight dead bodies, including six male and two female workers, were also sent to the country on Wednesday night. So far 409 bodies were sent to the country in 2020.
Of the dead bodies, five came from Saudi Arabia and three from Malaysia.
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