Saudi Arabia has deported some 217 Bangladeshi migrant workers in the last two days, according to Brac Migration Programme.
The oil-rich Gulf country has so far deported about 2,500 such Bangladeshi workers in the past three weeks, says the Brac.
Of the latest deportees, 103 workers returned in a Saudi Airlines flight which landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 11:20pm Wednesday.
Another flight of the same airline carrying the landed at the airport with 114 more workers around 1:10am yesterday, says the NGO-based initiative which provides support to such migrant workers returning from various countries at the airport.
Upon their arrival, Brac Migration Programme with help of Prabashi Kalyan Desk set by Expatriates’ Welfare Ministry at the airport provided immediate support, including food and drinking water, to the latest deportees from Saudi Arabia.
Shariful Hasan, head of Brac Migration Programme, said from the accounts of the returnees, it is clear that they all went to Saudi Arabia with the hope for a better future after being assured by brokers and recruiting agencies.
However, they faced various problems after going there, he said.
“Many of them were not paid their wages while some of them returned within a few months,” he added.
Shariful said the returning workers are now worried about their future.
Earlier in 2019, Saudi Arabia deported 25,789 Bangladeshi workers, according to Brac data.