Repatriation of 171 Bangladeshis rescued at Mediterranean coast underway

Staff Correspondent | Published at 01:34am on November 10, 2019

A government move is underway to repatriate 171 Bangladeshis who were rescued at the Mediterranean coast, said officials in Dhaka.

The Bangladesh embassy in Libya in cooperation with the concerned agencies in Libya completed the registration of the rescued migrants.

They are likely to be repatriated on November 19, they said. 

When asked, Foreign Ministry’s welfare director AFM Aminul Islam told New Age Saturday that Bangladesh Ambassador in Libya had been taking the steps to repatriate them.

Bangladesh embassy officials are in touch with the victims and the concerned Libyan ministries, they said.

According to a Facebook post of the Bangladesh embassy in war torn Libya, the embassy was in constant touch with the Libyan government and the International Organization for Migration to ensure that the victims were provided food and  security.

On October 30, the Libyan Coast Guard rescued 200 migrant workers, including 171 Bangladeshis, at the Mediterranean coast waiting to cross the sea on way to Europe.

The rescued migrants were handed over to detention centres in Zanzur and Abu Salim.

The transnational human traffickers use many  countries as transits, including India, Sri Lanka, the UAE, Jordan and Turkey, to send Bangladeshi job seekers first to Libya and then to Europe, according to the RAB.