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Female migrant workers return home empty handed

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Staff Reporter :
Above 28,500 migrant female workers returned home empty handed from abroad till October this year.
Besides, about 1,991 women migrant workers returned to the country in the first 10 months of last year, according to the Wage Earners Welfare Board.
Sources said that most of those female migrants come back empty-handed with tortured and traumatized condition.
The returnees accused of being tortured and suffering mentally, losing their jobs because of the coronavirus outbreak while several of them have returned due to ending of their contracts.
Wage Earners Welfare Board's data showed that Saudi police evacuated female migrants while they have run away from their workplaces and those who have become undocumented, and placed them in extradition camps.
Data showed that about 690 women returned from Saudi Arabia from January till March this year with out-passes, and about 27,800 returned for various reasons from April to 31 October.
Documents also showed that most returned female migrants are from Saudi Arabia, 13,270 in total till 11 November. The next largest number have returned from UAE was above 6,200, then from Qatar was above 2,800, and from Lebanon was above 2,400 from about 2,150 were from Lebanon.
Officials of Bangladesh Manpower, Employment and Training Bureau (BMET) said that over 100,000 female migrants have been returning home every year. Of them, 60 to 70 per cent was from Saudi Arabia.

To resolve the problems of migrant workers, discussions are regularly taken place between the two countries.
Many returnee female migrants accused of being sexually abused. Many were locked up at home and not even fed regularly as a result they fled to home finally.
Director general of BMET, Md. Shamsul
Alam said all countries have been hit by the impact of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. The labour wings of the embassies in the countries make an effort to rescue the abused workers.
He also said that the government has arranged to provide loans and neccessary training to help them start new ways of earning money. The government also offered necessary help to those who want to go abroad again.
Bangladesh Women Migrant Workers Association alleged that many female migrants were sexually abused in their workplaces abroad.
Ambia Khatun of Pabna returned home from Jordan said she is mentally sick now after being mentally abused in her work place there.
Majority of female migrants from rural areas go abroad as domestic help, often return home traumatised and empty-handed.
Recent reports showed that many of the female workers sent abroad using faked birth certificates by some fraudulent recruiting agencies.
A number of these victims were actually teenage girls, but they were shown as women above 25, the legal lower age limit for sending abroad as migrant workers, by forging their age-related papers by the dishonest recruiting agents.
Farida Yasmin, Director of the Bangladesh Women Migrant Workers Association said, oppression was simply not lessening in Middle Easter countries.
"The labour laws of both countries could not ensure women's safety," she said.

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