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Crackdown in Saudi Arabia: 175 Bangladeshi workers return empty-handed

DHAKA (The Daily Star/ANN) - The returnees has said that hundreds of workers were being arrested by the Saudi government every day and over 1,000 Bangladeshis were at Riyadh Deportation Camp.

Some 175 Bangladeshi workers returned home from Saudi Arabia on Sunday night amid a crackdown on undocumented workers there.

A flight of Saudi Airlines carrying the Bangladeshi workers landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 11:07pm, said Shariful Hasan, programme head of Brac Migration Programme. 

The authorities concerned of Wage Earners Welfare Board under the Brac Migration Programme have provided necessary assistance, including food, to the Bangladeshi workers.

The returnees said hundreds of workers were being arrested by the Saudi government every day and over 1,000 Bangladeshis were at Riyadh Deportation Camp.

The returnees, including Alim, Manir Hossain of Tangail and Zubair of Narsingdi, alleged that they were sent back home despite having valid documents.

The Bangladesh embassy in Saudi Arabia did not take any measures in this regard, they said. 

The Saudi authorities have arrested around 3.8 million foreigners as it continues its crackdown on labour and residency violators, according to a report of Saudi Press Agency. 

Saudi Arabia has been detaining people since November 2017 over violation of residential, labour and border security regulations. 

A total of 3,790,173 people have been arrested, including over 2.95 million for residency violations, 583,602 for breaking labour laws and 247,220 for flouting border regulations, the report said. 

The latest figures indicate that 544,521 people have been arrested since early June. 

The report also stated that 940,100 expatriates have been deported to their respective countries since November 2017.

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