Bangladeshi workers getting deported from Saudi Arabia

Bangladeshi workers are getting deported from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia although they have valid work permits with them.

At least 256 Bangladeshi male workers returned home at empty handed from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in last two days of this week, said officials in Dhaka.

The returnee workers said that they had migrated to the KSA with so called free visas and they were sent back home despite having their valid work permits.

Those 256 workers arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by the Schedule flights of Saudi airlines in last 18 hours from Saturday.

They were deported from Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam deportation centres, said an official posted in Dhaka Airport.

Ridoy Miah of Pakundia, Kishoreganj returned home on Sunday night within eight month long migration in Saudi Arabia, said his father Duku Miah.

He said that a local broker had sent his son to the KSA by taking Tk 5 lakh.

After arrival in Riyadh, Ridoy did neither get job nor get work permit, said his father.

With free visa his son managed to work as helper in construction site and could earn only Tk 35,000 in eight months, he said.

In March, Saudi Police arrested Ridoy and put him in a detention center for eight days. Finally he was sent back home, he said.

A total of 85 workers came back home on Sunday from the KSA, said Tanvir Hossain, assistant director of Wage Earners Welfare Board.

Tanvir who is in charge of welfare desk at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport said that they have recorded the workers returned on Saturday.

Replying to a question, Tanvir said that most of the workers complained of forced deportation despite they have valid documents for works in Saudi Arabia.

He also said that some of workers returned home after staying three to four years in the KSA.

Saudi Arabia is a big destination of Bangladeshi workers, according to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training. Over 5.5 lakh workers migrated to KSA in 2018, BMET data show.

There is a common phenomenon that many Bangladeshi workers are not getting jobs in the KSA migrating there with so-called free frees.


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