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02:48 PM, January 08, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:28 PM, January 08, 2020

Saudi Arabia deports another 132 Bangladeshi workers

Saudi Arabia has deported another 132 Bangladeshi workers, including five women, on Tuesday night.

Two flights of Saudi Airlines - SV 804 and SV 802 - landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:20pm and 1:30am respectively with the workers.

In the first week of the new year, 767 workers, including 40 women, have been sent back home, said Shariful Hasan, who heads the Brac Migration Programme.

Nur Begum, 40, who is among the deportees, said she had gone to Saudi Arabia in April last year and alleged that her employer used to torture her. "I took shelter at the safe home of the Bangladesh Embassy in Saudi Arabia where I was given food and money for my work," she added.

Khadiza Begum, hailing from Jashore, Shefali Begum from Narayanganj, Shilpi Khatun from Jhenaidah and Subarna Begum from Dhaka, who were sent back, said their situations were like that of Nur Begum.

Raus Sheikh, hailing from Rajbari, who was kept in the deportation camp in Saudi Arabia for two weeks, said he had gone the Middle East country a year ago. "The Saudi police arrested me when I was returning home from work," he said.

Brac's Shariful said said nearly 1,200 female migrant workers returned from Saudi Arabia last year after suffering horrendous torture at the hands of their employers.

Nearly 60,000 male migrant workers were deported from the Middle East and Malaysia during this period - most of them returned empty-handed.

Until November last year, Bangladesh received 3,838 bodies of its migrant workers -the highest in 15 years.

BAIRA Secretary General Shamim Ahmed Chowdhury told UNB that almost 60,000 male migrant workers were sent back in 2019 and nearly 30,000 came back from Saudi Arabia alone. "Saudi police deported many Bangladeshi workers even though they had their 'Akama' (permit) in order," he said.

Meanwhile, Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad on Sunday said the government plans to send more than 750,000 workers abroad this year.


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