Some 74 percent returnees claimed that they left behind a significant amount of resource (mostly unpaid wages) when they returned. "On average the affected migrants lost Tk 1,75000." Many returnees claimed that they did not get full salaries or wages for several months before they returned due to the Covid-19 crisis, she said. She said those who forcibly returned home are mostly from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar. Dr Tasneem said Bangladesh needs to join international campaigns against the arbitrary repatriation of migrants, and the Bangladeshi missions concerned should pursue the settlement of claims of the returnees. RMMRU Coordinator Prof CR Abrar said though the study conducted with very small samples which cannot be called a representative study, it focused on the range of problems and hardship the returnees faced in their host countries. Director General at the Foreign Ministry Md Nazrul Islam said the number of expatriates Bangladeshis across the world is some 1.30 crore. But only 16,783 Bangladeshi migrant workers returned home by special flights during the Covid-19 situation, he added. Shirin Akhter, MP, Aroma Dutta, MP, Executive Director of Manusher Jonno Foundation Shaheen Anam, Director (Training) of BMET Dr Md Sakawat Ali and BAIRA secretary general Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman, among others, spoke on the occasion. MH Most popular On Bangladesh Govt publishes list of 1,256 more freedom fighters (./post/247413) International flights to resume from 3rd week of June (./post/247850) BIWTA’s 15 officials, family members test positive for COVID-19 (./post/247584) Tokyo looks for deeper ties with Dhaka overcoming COVID-19 (./post/248568) Icddr,b begins clinical trial of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 patients (./post/248470) Most Viewed Former home minister Sahara Khatun passes away (./post/249841) Online education: Expectation, apprehension and frustration (./post/249876) Experts fear spike in Corona infections after Eid-ul Azha (./post/249843) Russia likely to have 3-4 coronavirus vaccines, says its health minister (./post/249904) Sahara Khatun to be laid to rest today (./post/249891) Video 18IdWk) (

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