Over 95,000 expatriate Bangladeshi employees returned in last 4 months

25 Sep 2020 10:20 AM
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The affected expatriate Bangladeshi workers are certain to get investment credit with 4% interest from a Tk700 crore fund

More than 95,000 expatriate Bangladeshi staff have returned home from different foreign countries in last four months since April 1, after losing their jobs amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

“A number of 95,062 overseas Bangladeshi staff have lost their jobs and returned to Bangladesh from 26 different foreign nations between April 1 and August 30”, expatriate welfare desk official M Fakhrul Alam said.

Some 88,406 male and 6,656 female Bangladeshi personnel mostly lost their jobs because of global Covid-19 pandemic, said Alam who worked at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

“The Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry has taken various programs including formation a Tk700 crore fund for the welfare of the jobless Bangladeshi foreign workers”, said Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad.

The affected expatriate Bangladeshi workers will get investment credit with 4% interest out of this fund, said the minister.

Furthermore, Ahmad said the federal government has earmarked practically Tk10 crore ‘emergency food and other assistance’ for vulnerable expatriate Bangladeshi workers. The family of each expatriate Bangladesh personnel who already have expired because of Covid-19 infection will get Tk3 lakh immediately.

The government gives certificates and recognition to the skilled jobless Bangladeshi foreign staff who have been damaged as a result of world-wide pandemic and the poor Bangladeshi personnel and their family members will be brought under the social safety net program, the minister added.

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

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

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

The Jobless Bangladeshi personnel also have 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 period.