125 workers added to Saudi deportee list


In the latest bout of deportation, at least 125 more expatriate Bangladeshi workers returned home Friday night after they were deported by the Saudi Arabian authorities.
With those 125 workers, a total of 2,615 Bangladeshi workers were deported from Saudi Arabia in last three weeks, while the total number stood at around 21,000 this year.
The latest deported 125 workers from Saudi Arab arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 11:20 pm on Friday by a flight of Saudi Airlines.
According to information from the Prabashi Kalyan Desk and officials of Migration Programme of BRAC, around 21,000 Bangladeshis returned home from Saudi Arabia in last 10 months.
The deported workers were provided with foods and drinking water from the BRAC Migration Program and then sent home safely.
One of the deported workers Afzal, 26, of Narayanganj, narrated his saddening experience saying that he had gone to Saudi Arabia spending Tk 3 lakh just two and a half months ago, but unfortunately, he was caught by Saudi police, who forcibly sent him back to the country.
Like Afzal, Kamrul of Brahmanbaria also had gone there spending Tk 4.6 lakh two and a half months ago, but he was forced to return home without any money.
Montu Mia and Saidul Islam of Brahmanbaria, Nayeem of Narasindi, Faruk Hossain of Habiganj and Saiful Islam of Dhaka, among others, were also sent back home in the same way.
After arrest, they contacted their employers, but they refused to shoulder their responsibilities, rather they suggested the administration to send them home cancelling their visas.
Shariful Hassan, head of BRAC’S Migration Programme, said that a meeting between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabian authorities is expected to be held after three days when this issue alongside the issue of female workers might be discussed.
He also stressed on stopping fraudulence in the name of free visas process.