17,871 Bangladeshi migrant workers died in GCC countries from 2017 to 2022

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17,871 dead bodies were received by Bangladesh between July 2017 and June 2022, with 67.4% of them coming from the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain, according to The Daily Star, which cited WEWB (Wage Earners Welfare Board) annual reports.

In response to The Daily Star, 5,666 of the corpses arrived from Saudi Arabia, 1,913 from the United Arab Emirates, and 1,893 from Oman.

Between 1976 and 2023, the six GCC nations collectively employed 76.3 percent of Bangladesh’s 1.6 crore outbound labourers, as reported by the Bureau of Manpower, Employment, and Training.

A multi-country study suggests alongside poor occupational health and safety practices, low-paid migrant workers in the Gulf region are exposed to a series of cumulative risks to their health, including heat and humidity, air pollution, abusive working conditions, psychosocial stress, hypertension and chronic kidney disease.

Many Bangladeshi migrant workers who died in the Gulf were at their young age, but there is a data deficiency on the underlying causes of the deaths, said Prof CR Abrar, executive director of RMMRU.

Imperial Hospital Sylhet

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