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‘Some countries want to deport undocumented Bangladeshi workers’

Published: April 05, 2020 19:23:52 | Updated: April 05, 2020 20:33:11


‘Some countries want to deport undocumented Bangladeshi workers’

Foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said Bangladesh is keep contact with the countries which want to send back undocumented Bangladeshi workers due to job cut amid deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are maintaining communications with those countries and urged them to extend their support to our expatriate nationals in the prevailing situation,” Momen told newsmen after holding an inter-ministerial meeting at the Expatriate Welfare Ministry in the capital on Sunday, reports BSS.

Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad was also present at the meeting.

Without disclosing names of the countries, the foreign minister said some four to five Middle Eastern countries along with Maldives have informed the Bangladesh government that many Bangladeshi workers have been jobless due to coronavirus outbreak.

The minister said those countries expressed their concern over the fate of mainly the undocumented Bangladeshi workers there and urged Bangladesh to take back its nations.

“It’s true we are under pressure to some extent. All the countries are under pressure (now),” he said.

Momen hoped that Bangladesh will not be in a big trouble considering the relations that Dhaka maintains with those countries and t steps are being taken to further strengthen the relations with them.

The minister said they are now trying to tackle the situation country by country as “we are working case by case”.

“We have already sent letters to all those countries explaining Bangladesh’s economic situation due to the coronavirus outbreak as well as thanking them to take care of our nationals there,” he said.

Noting that each of those countries is sympathetic to Bangladesh, the foreign minister said, “We will face the challenges together.”

Referring to his telephone conversation with the Maldives foreign minister, Momen said some Bangladeshis, mainly undocumented workers, have become jobless there due to closure of tourism business and restaurants.

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