At least 200 workers from Bangladesh were forced to return home from Saudi Arabia on Friday night as the host country continued crackdown on the expatriate workers there, said officials in Dhaka.
On return home, the workers said that they were deported despite having legal documents.
A flight carrying 200 workers landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Friday night, said Md Shariful Islam, who heads BRAC Migration Programme.
BRAC provided them food, water and helped them to go home safely, he added.
Akmat Ali of Kurigram migrated to Saudi Arabia five months ago with hope to bring solvency in his family but his dream is now nightmare and he was sent back home despite having his work permit (iqama) valid for 10 more months.
Samrat Sheikh of Gopalganj, said Saudi police arrested and deported him without examining his papers. Saiful Islam of Narayanganj said that he had another six months’ permission to stay but was forced to leave the country.
Abdullah from Chattogram urged the government to take steps so that no-one suffers misfortune like him.
According to BRAC Migration Programme, about 16,000 workers were deported from Saudi Arabia in 2019. BRAC extended supports to 804 in the current month with the help of the Wage Earners’ Welfare Board.
Shariful Islam said that as workers migrated under so called free visas and changed their employers, the Saudi authorities deported them.