143 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants detained in Libya arrive in home

November 30, 2023
Approximately 143 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants held in a detention center in the Libyan capital Tripoli have returned home with support from the United Nations refugee agency. The International Organization for Migration's chartered flight carrying 143 migrants, landed in the capital Dhaka on Tuesday, and more migrants are expected to arrive in Dhaka on December 5, according to the Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), approximately 466,666 Bangladeshi expatriates have returned home permanently in the past two years. However, official data shows that from last year to June 2023, more than 1 million Bangladeshis left the country in search of better job opportunities in other countries. Shariful Hasan, head of BRAC's Migration, a Dhaka-based non-government organization working on migration, told Anadolu that the organization was "involved in supporting 968 returnees from Libya." “As we learned from the migrants returning from Libya, they undertook risky sea voyages to reach Europe for better living,” he said. In the last two years, Bangladesh sent over 2 million migrants until October this year, Hasan said.

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