224 more BD workers deported from KSA


Staff Reporter :
Another 224 Bangladeshi workers have been deported by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) as well as many of the victims claimed to have legal documents.
A Saudi Airlines flight carrying 116 workers landed at Dhaka airport at 12:20pm on Saturday. Twelve hours later, another Saudi Airlines flight carrying 108 Bangladeshi workers arrived in Dhaka.
Last year, 3,99,000 or 56.99 percent of all overseas Bangladeshi employment were in Saudi Arabia, said a report of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET).
BMET data showed. During this time, 7,00,159 Bangladeshis found jobs abroad.
But the Middle East country sent back 25,789 Bangladeshis in 2019. Since the beginning of this year, another 834 Bangladeshi workers were deported from the country, according to official data.
Montu Mia of Narsingdi said he had gone to Saudi Arabia for a cleaner's job about five months ago spending Tk 4 lakh. "Police arrested me when I was returning home from duty. They deported me even after I showed them Aqama (work permit)," he said.
Shamim, 30, from Barishal, and many others had similar stories.
"I went to Saudi Arabia on a driving visa three months ago spending Tk 3 lakh. I worked for about two months without pay," Shamim said.
He said, his employer arranged another job for him. "Police arrested me from there and my employer did not provide me any assistance," he said.
Brac Migration Programme chief Shariful Hasan said many of the deportees were lured to the Middle East country with promises of good jobs and better lives.
"But they faced a slew of problems and many were not paid. They are staring at an uncertain future," he said.
 "Almost all of them returned home empty handed," Shariful said.