160 BD workers return from Saudi Arabia
Staff Reporter :
Some 160 Bangladeshi workers have returned home from Saudi Arabia amidst a crackdown on undocumented workers there.
A flight of Saudi Airlines carrying the Bangladeshi workers landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Tuesday night, Program Head of BRAC Migration Program Shariful Hasan said.
The Bangladeshi workers complained that they were forced to return despite having valid documents, he said.
"Saudi Arabia has sent back 389 workers in the last three days," Shariful said.
Earlier 850 female migrants have returned from the Middle Eastern country after being tortured, according to the BRAC Migration Programme.
Many of the workers also accused the Bangladesh Embassy in Saudi Arabia of doing nothing to stop the deportation.
The Saudi authorities have arrested about 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 violation of residential, labour and border security regulations since November 2017.
A total of 3,790,173 people have been arrested, including 29.5 lakh for residency violations, 583,602 for breaking labour laws and 247,220 for flouting border regulations, the report said.