Over 225,000 Bangladeshi expats returned home in past 7 months

As many as 225,582 expatriate Bangladeshis from 29 countries returned home in the last seven months until October 24 due to different reasons, including a lack of jobs amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and expiration of work contracts and visas.

Assistant Director of the Expatriate Welfare Desk Md Fakhrul Alam on Tuesday said that a total of 200,146 male and 25,436 female expatriate Bangladeshi workers returned home from April 1 to October 24.

A total of 191,194 expats returned for various reasons, including not having work due to the coronavirus crisis and expiring work permits, and Iqama (visa) as 34,088 came back with an outpass after serving different jail terms, he said.

But many of the returnee workers will be able to return to their respective countries abroad after the situation comes to normal, sources said

Among the returnees, most were from Saudi Arabia, they said.

Some 60,989 workers have returned from Saudi Arabia, among which 50,046 are male and 10,403 are female.

The second highest 59,920 expats came back from the UAE due to a lack of jobs in their employing organizations. Of them, 55,082 are male and 4,838 are female.

A total of 13,486 people returned from Oman with an outpass and 12,159 from the tourist hub Maldives due to having no work caused by coronavirus.

Apart from this, 10,893 people have returned from Kuwait, 4,064 from Singapore, 1,411 from Bahrain, 71 from South Africa, 23,118 from Qatar, 10,821 from Malaysia, 136 from South Korea, 89 from Thailand, 39 from Myanmar, 2,204 from Jordan, 8,892 from Iraq, 121 from Vietnam and 548 from Sri Lanka.

At least 151 expatriate Bangladeshis were sent back from Italy, suspecting they had contacted coronavirus.

In addition, 6,699 are from Lebanon, 100 from Russia, 452 are from Mauritius, 8,558 from Turkey, 55 from Nepal, 16 from Hong Kong, 106 from Cambodia, 8 from Japan, 53 from London, 315 from Libya, and 126 from other parts of the world have returned to the country, said ministry officials.

Dhaka Tribune