KSA continues to deport Bangladeshi workers

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:06, Feb 15,2020


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continued to deport Bangladeshi workers as 102 more workers were sent back home on Thursday night, said officials in Dhaka.

Those workers were repatriated by Saudi Arabian Airlines’ flight SV-804 that landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:20pm, they said.

Officials of the Wage Earners Welfare Board and the BRAC Migration Programme received the returnee migrants at airport and provided them emergency assistance.

One hundred and eighty-three Bangladeshi migrant workers, including 20 women, were deported from Saudi Arabia in last two days.

WEWB assistant director posted at the airport Tanvir Hossain told New Age on Friday that workers were coming back home on regular basis after completing their work tenure.

But some of them were getting deported, he said.

Tanvir said that it was the duty of Bangladesh missions in Saudi Arabia to find out cause of deportation.

Mohammad Salim of Sylhet went to the Saudi Arabia three months ago spending Tk 4 lakh. He was detained in a crackdown and sent back home in empty-handed.

Selim said that Saudi police picked him up from road without showing any reason and was forced him to return home.

Like Selim, Anhar of Sylhet went to Saudi Arabia 14 months ago and he was also sent back home on the same flight.

Saiful Islam of Gazipur said that he was sent to Saudi Arabia promising job in a company but was forced to return empty handed.

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.

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.

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