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13 Bangladeshis stranded in Iraq return

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In this August 4, 2013 photo, 17 Bangladeshi workers arrive at Shahjalal International Airport after languishing in an Egyptian jail for their illegal entry into the country.
In this August 4, 2013 photo, 17 Bangladeshi workers arrive at Shahjalal International Airport after languishing in an Egyptian jail for their illegal entry into the country.

Thirteen Bangladeshi workers, who remained stranded in Iraq for around a year, returned home today.

A flight of Air Arabia carrying the workers landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital around 9:30am, Zahidul Islam, assistant director (immigration) of Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) told The Daily Star.

A total of 14 Bangladeshis have been "confined" to an accommodation in the Iraqi city of Najaf, 160 kilometres south of Baghdad since 2013.

BMET Bangladesh with the help of BMET Iraq has brought back the workers to the country, the official said. But he did not mention anything about the other Bangladeshi worker.

The victims along with 14 other Bangladeshi construction workers went to Iraq between January and February 2013 through four Bangladeshi recruiting agencies -- Morning Sun Enterprise, Meghna Trade International, East Bengal Overseas and Idea International -- spending about Tk 4 lakh each for jobs with a monthly salary of $350. 

But their Iraqi employer failed to start its construction project and kept them in the accommodation facility, restricting their movements and making life there seem almost like that inside jails.

Published: 2:46 pm Monday, February 17, 2014

Last modified: 8:14 pm Monday, February 17, 2014

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