Md Helal Uddin, a 29-year-old young man from Bangladesh, has been languishing in the prisons of Papua New Guinea (PNG) for almost a month.
That Bangladeshis migrate to far-flung parts of the world is nothing new—undertaking long, dangerous, and expensive journeys to reach countries in Europe, East Asia, Africa, and even the Americas.
In the last three years, more than 2000 Bengalis in Pakistan's Karachi have applied for Travel Permits (TP) to return to Bangladesh. A TP is equivalent to a one-time passport, which the Bangladesh Embassy provides to individuals it believes belong to Bangladesh.
Rubel Ahmed from Sylhet had gone to the UK on a short-term working holiday visa in 2009 and started working as a chef. After working at several restaurants and starting to send money home, the 26-year-old applied for leave to remain in the UK. Denied, he was detained and sent to Morton hall immigration removal centre in Lincolnshire (with others awaiting deportation) in July 2014, according to UK reports.