Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | ePaper
1000 BD workers still at deportation camp
175 more return home from KSA
Some 175 Bangladeshi workers returned home from Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaÂ on Sunday nightÂ amid a crackdown on undocumented workers there.
A flight of Saudi Airlines SV-804 carrying the workers landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka around 11:07pm, said Shariful Hasan, Programme Head of Brac Migration Programme.
Earlier,Â a total 109 BD female migrants, residing in a shelter home in Saudi Arabia, returned to Bangladesh on August 27.
The workers who returned home said hundreds of workers are being arrested by the Saudi government every day as over 1000 Bangladeshis are now there at Riyadh Deportation Camp.
The returnees, including Alim, Manir Hossain of Tangail and Zubair of Narsingdi, alleged that they were sent back home despite having their valid documents.
They also claimed to have experienced various forms of abuse by employers
The Bangladesh Embassy in Saudi Arabia did not take any measures in this regard, they alleged.
The Saudi authorities have arrested around 38 lakh foreigners as it continues its crackdown on labour and residency violators, according to a report of Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Saudi Arabia has been detaining people for residential, labour and border security regulations since November 2017.
A total of 3,790,173 people have been arrested, including over 29.5 lakh for residency violations, 583,602 for breaking labour laws and 247,220 for flouting border regulations, the report said.
The report also stated that 940,100 expatriates have been deported to their respective countries since November 2017.