Awami Leauge Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said that at least 93,000 Bangladeshi migrant workers have been staying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Egypt, South Korea, and Iran illegally as the validity of their visas has expired.
He said this at Parliament while replying to a tabled starred question from ruling Awami League MP M Abdul Latif.
Dr Abdul Momen said, there are other Bangladeshi workers in different other countries who have got their visas expired. “But the AL government couldn’t yet identify their exact number instantly."
He said that total 93,000 Bangladeshi workers who have got their visas expired, 80,000 workers are in Dubai and the UAE; 5,000 in Kuwait; 4,000 in Egypt; 2,500 in South Korea, and 1500 in Iran.
On the other hand, he said a total of six lakh Bangladeshi workers got the opportunity of applying for becoming legal workers in between 2016 to 2018 because of the diplomatic wisdom of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Bangladesh High Commission’s efforts in Malaysia. “There’s no process right now in Malaysia for having the legality.”
The Foreign Minister said as many as 52,000 Bangladeshis have returned home from Malaysia over the last five months following Malaysian government’s declaration of general amnesty for the illegal migrant workers.