The returnee migrants of Bangladesh have been deprived of getting due wages at the host countries, said the RMMRU revealed on Monday About 75 per cent of the returnee migrant workers said that they were picked up from public places, detained in jails and forcibly returned, according to the findings presented by RMMRU founding chair Dr Tasneem Siddiqui. She made the PowerPoint presentation at a webinar on ‘Other Face of Globalization: Arbitrary Return of Bangladeshi Migrants and their unpaid dues’ hosted by RMMRU. It was attended by government’s top officials, civil society leaders, global migration experts and rights activists. The study was done with in-depth interview of 50 migrants who returned in last three months under RMMRU-SEEM project on emergency return supported by Manusher Jonno Foundation. The migrants returned from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Malaysia and they were originally from the districts of Tangail, Munishiganj, Cumilla, Chattogram, Narshingdi, Dinajpur, Barisal, Jhalkathi, Kishoreganj, Meherpur, Natore, Narail, Feni, Madaripur, Chadpur and Jashore. ‘None of those who have been arbitrarily sent back were in detention before. They were picked up from stores and roads. They were arrested during Covid 19,’ the RMMRU study found. ‘It also implies that the claim by countries of destination that personal safety of those in detention led them to repatriate them does not appear to be valid. ‘ Treatment at jail On average the interviewees were detained/jailed for 20 days. Most of them narrated dehumanizing treatment as they were subjected to beating. ‘2-3 three people had sharing a bed. Inadequate and low quality food were provided. ‘ ‘Most had to stay in one pair of clothes for days. Toilet and shower facilities were extremely inadequate. In one instance a diabetic person did not receive medication.’ Those who returned from Malaysia and those who returned on leave faced no major problems. The experiences of those who have been forcibly returned have gone through trauma and been subjected to mistreatment. These migrants were shifted from detention centre/jails to airport. Hence they could not bring back their belongings (money and other items) that remained in the camps/dormitories. Payment due 26% of the returnees do not have any outstanding payment due.

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