Repatriation of Bangladeshis

200 more Bangladeshis repatriated from Maldives

  • They were repatriated via Maldives’ national airline, Maldivian, on Thursday
  • Authorities are working to send back undocumented Bangladeshi workers
  • The president announced a programme back in May

K. Male' 2020 Sep 25 | Fri 14:32 local 3,736

(File photo) Authorities are working to send back undocumented Bangladeshi workers - Maldivian

An additional 200 Bangladeshi nationals were sent back home, on Thursday.

They were repatriated via Maldives’ national airline, Maldivian.

While authorities are working to send back undocumented Bangladeshi workers, Maldivian did not specify whether those repatriated on Monday were living in the country unlawfully.

The repatriation is part of the government’s efforts to evacuate volunteering expatriate workers from the Maldives, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

These efforts are being carried out together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Bangladeshi High Commission in the Maldives, with the assistance from the Bangladeshi government.

President Solih announced the programme to send about 1,500 undocumented workers from Bangladesh, during a national address on May 4.

On May 20, the president stressed that the Covid-19 pandemic also gives the opportunity to improve "many unfavourable practices" in the country such as improving the living conditions of expatriate workers.

Majority of the migrant workers in the Maldives, especially capital Malé City, are forced to live in congested, unhygienic spaces and have been identified as Covid-19 vulnerable.

The Immigration office has revealed that out of the 200,000 expatriate workers residing in the Maldives, nearly 60,000 are are living in the country unlawfully.

Last updated at: 3 weeks ago | Reviewed by: Aman Haleem

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