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Corona Pandemic

16,000 migrants back home, 1,106 lost lives abroad
Published : Tuesday, 23 June, 2020 at 12:00 AM Count : 205

Staff Correspondent

At least 16,000 Bangladeshis have returned home from different countries due to the global impact of Covid
19.
Meanwhile, a total of 1,106 expatriate Bangladeshis have so far died of coronavirus in different countries.
Of the returnees, around 75 percent (three-quarters) were picked up from public places, detained and forcibly
returned while one tenth has returned voluntarily (mostly from Malaysia) and the rest came on leave or
employers sponsored return for security (mostly from Malaysia), according to a study report.
The report was tabled at an e-symposium titled 'The other face of globalization: Arbitrary Return of
Bangladeshi Migrants and their unpaid dues' held in Dhaka on Monday.
A research body, the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) organized the esymposium on Covid 19 and Migration.
Founding chair of RMMRU and Dhaka University Professor Dr Tasneem Siddiqui presented the study report
while its Executive Director Prof Dr CR Abrar moderated the programme.
According to the study report, around 26 percent of the returnees don't have any outstanding payment while
74 percent left behind a significant amount of resource in destination countries.
A substantial majority of that was unpaid wages. In addition, cases were reported in which migrant lost
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