100,000 Bangladeshi Migrants Returned Amid Pandemic

Over 100,000 Bangladeshi migrant workers who were affected by COVID-19 have returned home from different foreign countries since April 1.

According to Bangladesh government data released on Monday, at least 88,406 male and 6,656 female Bangladeshi workers who lost their jobs due to global Covid-19 pandemic came back home up to August 26through Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

The affected migrant workers would get investment credit with 4% interest from a fund of Tk 700 crore created by the government of Bangladesh, said officials.

They also said that the government has earmarked nearly Tk10 crore ‘emergency food and other assistance’ for vulnerable expatriate Bangladeshi workers.

The family of each expatriate Bangladesh workers who already have expired due to Covid-19 infection will get Tk3 lakh as soon as possible.

‘The government will give certificates and recognition to the skilled jobless Bangladeshi foreign workers who have been affected due to the world-wide pandemic and the poor Bangladeshi workers and their family members will be brought under the social safety net program,’ the officials added.

The highest Bangladeshi foreign workers have been returned from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a total of 25,653 workers—where 24,553 are male and the rest 1100 are female.

Some 15,389 Bangladeshi workers have returned from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) where 13,796 male and 1,593 female. Most of the Bangladeshi workers in the KSA have returned to the country with ‘outpass’ after imprisonment in different jail terms.

From Maldives, a total of 7,909 expatriate Bangladeshi workers returned to the country as Maldives is a tourist-prone country and that’s why the people lost their jobs under corona pandemic.

The Jobless Bangladeshi workers have also returned from Singapore, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, South Africa, Qatar, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, Myanmar, Jordan, Iraq, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Italy, Lebanon, Russia, Mauritius, Turkey, Nepal, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Japan during this time.

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