At least 157 Bangladeshi migrant workers who entered Libya with tourist visas were deported by the Libyan authorities.
The deported workers arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 2:30pm by a scheduled flight of Uzbekistan Airways on Wednesday, said officials.
HSIA Welfare Desk officials said that all of the 157 Bangladeshi workers made immigration clearance and went out for home.
Wage Earners’ Welfare Board director Zahirul Islam told this correspondent that they had earlier received a list of workers who were deported by the Libyan government for not having documents with them.
Before their departure, those workers were detained in Libyan jails as they all travelled to this African country with visit visas, he said.
He also said that those Bangladeshi workers were repatriated by the International Organisation for Migration.
The foreign ministry in a press release said they have arranged measure for bringing back Bangladeshis stranded in Libya and 157 of them reached Dhaka on Wednesday.
The ministry said the remaining 77 people will also be brought back soon.
Officials in the ministry of expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment as well as the Bangladesh embassy in Tripoli informed that trafficking was tarnishing the country’s images besides putting the victims on danger.
They said that the traffickers were active in Bangladesh and Libya.
They said that a number of recruiting agencies in Bangladesh were involved with the illegality.
They offer fake visas promising lucrative jobs in Libya, torn by civil war for which it stopped hiring foreign workers since 2015, said the officials.