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160 more Bangladeshi workers deported from Saudi Arabia

160 more Bangladeshi workers deported from Saudi Arabia

Around 160 more Bangladeshi workers were deported on Saturday night from Saudi Arabia, as the authorities in the Kingdom are continuing to send back migrant workers.

A flight carrying them landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 11:30pm, said Md Shariful Hasan, who heads Brac Migration Programme.

Many of the returnees complained that they were deported despite having legal documents.With them, over 960 Bangladeshi workers were sent back this month alone, according to Brac Migration Programme, which maintains a database of deported migrant workers from different countries.

According to BRAC Migration Programme, about 16,000 workers were deported by Saudi Arabia in 2019.

The Saudi authorities have arrested around 3.8 million foreigners, as it continues its crackdown on labor and residency violators, according to a report of Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The country has been detaining people for violating residential, labour and border security regulations since November 2017.

A total of 3,790,173 people have been arrested, including over 2.95 million for residency violations, 583,602 for breaking labor laws and 247,220 for flouting border regulations, the report said.

The latest figures indicate that 544,521 people have been arrested since early June. The report said 940,100 expatriates have been deported since November 2017.