A total of 868 female migrants who returned home from abroad amid pandemic received a total of Tk 43.40 lakh as the financial assistance in last 10 months on their arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
The Wage Earners Welfare Board provided Tk 5,000 each of the returnee female migrants from December 1, 2019 to September 21, 2020, according to WEWB officials.
WEWB assistant director Fakhrul Alam in a letter to WEWB director general informed that those female migrants returned to Bangladesh within one year of unsuccessful migration going abroad through legal channel received the financial assistance at the airport.
He also informed that the financial assistance was also provided on basis of the proof to those female migrants who got abused, oppressed and cheated abroad.
Over 155,000 Bangladeshi migrant workers have returned home from 29 countries amid COVID-19 pandemic situation, according to government estimate.
Of them there were 139,438 male workers and 15,884 female migrant workers who came back home from April 1 to September 25.
Women workers were mostly employed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Jordan, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait.
Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association (BOMSA) general secretary Sheikh Rumana told Migration News that they has received hundreds of phone calls from women migrant workers who were facing many problems especially in Saudi Arabia.
She said that loss of jobs, forced return, tortures, denial of wages and foods were major problems facing by Bangladeshi women migrants amid COVID pandemic.