Thousands of expatriate workers returned

  • আপডেট টাইম : September 15 2020, 21:59
Thousands of expatriate workers returned

Amdadul Haque:

A total of 1 lakh and 27 thousands Bangladeshi expatriate workers returned home from different foreign countries in the last five months and 15 days, most of them have lost their jobs and returned to the country.

According to the sources of the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry, from April 1 to September 12 this year, 1 lakh 27 thousand 209 expatriates from 28 countries of the world have returned to Bangladesh. Most of the expatriates have returned from the UAE.

Most of the expatriates returning to Bangladesh have lost their jobs and some people’s work has expired. Some have returned to the country after being jailed. Among them there are 1 lakh 15 thousand 506 male workers and 11 thousand 703 women workers.

Most expatriate Bangladeshis have returned to the country from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 36,533 people have returned from the UAE due to lack of jobs in various organizations. Among them 34 thousand 271 are males and 2 thousand 262 are females.

Saudi Arabia is in the second position. 30 thousand 531 people have returned from there. Among them there are 26,204 males and 4,327 females. Many of the Saudi returnees have returned to the country after being imprisoned for various terms.

10,575 people have returned to the country after losing their jobs in Qatar. On the other hand, 9,361 people have returned to the country after losing their jobs in the Maldives.

Moreover, 8,609 people have returned to the country from Oman after being imprisoned various terms. 8,626 people have returned to the country from Kuwait due to visa expiration. 5,249 workers have returned home after losing their jobs in Iraq.

5,000 workers have returned to the country after losing their jobs in Malaysia. 3 thousand 881 people have returned from Turkey. 3 thousand 113 people have returned from Lebanon. 2,086 people have returned from Singapore as their work period has ended and 746 people have returned from Bahrain.

On the other hand, 81 people have returned from South Africa due to lack of work. As many as 100 people have returned from South Korea since the agreement expired. 20 people have returned from Thailand due to lack of work. 39 people have returned from Myanmar. 1,718 people returned from Jordan. As many as 121 people have returned from Vietnam and 80 have returned from Sri Lanka due to expiration of their work abroad.

A total of 151 people have been returned from Italy on suspicion of coronavirus. On July 6, they were sent back to Bangladesh from Italy. After returning to the country, everyone was kept in quarantine under the supervision of the army.

In addition, 151 workers returned from Libya, 55 from Nepal, 208 from Sri Lanka, 32 from Thailand, 16 from Hong Kong, 8 from Japan, 100 from Russia, 36 from Mauritius and 40 from Cambodia.

However, the government is giving business opportunities to the workers after they lost their jobs abroad and returned home. The government has allocated Tk 200 crore for this.

The expatriate workers are getting loan assistance of Tk 5 to 7 lakh through Probashi Kallyan Bank. If an expatriate dies abroad due to coronavirus, his family gets 3 lakh taka from the government.

Despite the return of more than 127,000 workers from around the world in the last five months and 15 days due to the coronavirus, the number is not alarming, said Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad.

In a statement to parliament on September 9, the Minister said, “A small number of our workers have returned from different countries due to the coronavirus. It was feared that the economic downturn and the coronavirus would disrupt the labor markets of the major employers. But hopefully, the number of workers returning so far has not been alarming. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment have been playing a momentous role in this.”

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