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EU starts deporting Bangladeshis living illegally

DEEPAK ACHARJEE

The European Union (EU) has started to send back illegal and undocumented Bangladeshi expatriates to the country under the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), which was recently signed between the Bangladesh government and the EU. The German authorities are sending back 56 Bangladeshi expatriates by a chartered flight today, sources at the foreign ministry and the home affairs ministry have said.

The ministries concerned have asked the immigration and airport authorities for help to receive them from the EU authorities at the Shahjalal International Airport today, the sources added.

A senior official of the home ministry told The Independent that the German embassy in Bangladesh in a letter on November 26 requested the country to receive the expatriate Bangladeshis at the Dhaka airport.

“The German authorities are sending these people back as they had been staying in that country without documents. Police verification has identified them as Bangladeshi citizens,” the

letter said.

The travel cost of the expatriate Bangladeshis will be meet by the countries that are sending them back to their home as per the SOP. Sources said some Bangladeshis, who have no documents, are lodged in jails in different countries of the EU.

So far, before the SOP signing, 12,281 Bangladeshi expatriates were sent back from 38 countries, including EU member states, till August this year.

These numbers include 5,879 Bangladeshis from India, 2005 from Myanmar, 871 from Malaysia, 1282 from Thailand, 342 from Pakistan, Sri Lanka 64, 210 from Saudi Arabia, 43 from Lebanon, 173 from German, 537 from Turkey and 396 from the US.

Under the SOP, about 13,513 more Bangladeshi expatriates, whose identities are being verified by police, are likely to be sent back to home from 36 countries soon, according to sources.

Among them, 5,307 people are likely to be sent back by India, 956 by Malaysia, 717 by Thailand, 1513 by Pakistan, 2143 by Myanmar, three by Japan, 16 by the Maldives, 34 by Sri Lanka, 25 by Afghanistan, 98 by Indonesia, 597 by Saudi Arabia, one by Dubai, two by Kuwait, one by Jordan, 14 by Iraq, 60 by Australia, 62 by France, 322 by Germany, 11 by the Netherlands, 35 by Belgium, 127 by Greece, 26 by Denmark, 18 by the UK, three by Poland, 86 by Papua New Guinea, 761 by Turkey, seven by Sweden, four by Italy, one by Bulgaria, 477 by the US, one by Norway, 64 by Gambia, eight by Philippines, seven by Nigeria, two by China and four by Switzerland.

The sources also claimed that a large number of Bangla-speaking people had migrated to these countries from India's West Bengal state and Myanmar (from the Rohingya community). But they claimed to be Bangladeshis and thus are being identified through police verification.

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