Saudi Arabia deports 145 Bangladeshis

United News of Bangladesh. Dhaka | Published: 13:38, Feb 16,2020


A total of 145 Bangladeshis were sent back from Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia has deported 5,500 Bangladeshis so far from the kingdom since the beginning of 2020.

The latest batch of Bangladeshis was sent back on a Saudi Airlines flight that landed at Dhaka airport just after Saturday midnight.

Md Shahidul Islam, one of the deportees, said he had gone to the kingdom three months ago for driving job but was sent back empty-handed without any reason.

BRAC Migration Programme provided emergency help to the returnees with the assistance of the expatriate welfare desk.

Shariful Hasan, who heads the migration programme, said that 5,500 expatriates had been sent back from Saudi Arabia since January – many of them within the first three months. At least 300 of these returnees were women.

Last year, 64,638 Bangladeshi workers had been sent back home from various countries, according to government data. Of them, 25,789 were deported from Saudi Arabia.

Last year, 700,159 Bangladeshis found jobs abroad. And the majority of them, 399,000 or 56.99 per cent, had gone to Saudi Arabia, according to the government.

Bangladeshis working abroad sent home $18.355 billion last year. Of the amount, 19.87 per cent or $3.65 billion came from Saudi Arabia.


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