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Bangladeshi Migrants in KSA: 10 lakh face deportation

May happen over next 3 to 5 years due to coronavirus fallout, policy in Gulf state, says mission in Riyadh

Jamil Mahmud and Rashidul Hasan

The coronavirus fallout and slumping oil prices may lead to the deportation of up to 10 lakh Bangladeshi migrant workers from Saudi Arabia in the next three to five years, according to the Bangladesh mission there.

The Gulf country's policy to replace 70 percent of the foreign workers by its citizens within 2030 could be another reason for the deportation, mission officials fear.

The embassy in a report sent to the foreign ministry recently recommended the government seek alternative labour markets, possibly in African countries.

Officials say it might be possible to employ about 40 lakh Bangladeshis in farming, aquaculture, livestock and different factories in African countries.

Saudi Arabia, the most popular destination of Bangladeshi migrant workers, is home to more than 20 lakh Bangladeshis.

The embassy report said Saudi authorities are introducing monthly fees for dependents of foreign workers and increasing the fees for iqamas or residency permits as they are implementing the "Saudization policy" which was formulated in 2016.


According to the report, the recent record dip in oil prices would slow the development works in Saudi Arabia. "Many of the projects may get delayed or suspended."

The Bangladesh mission also cited automation and requirement of skilled workers as factors that could lead to deportation of Bangladeshi workers in the future.

In January and February this year, around 1.29 lakh Bangladeshis travelled abroad for employment. At least 95,385 or 73.87 percent of them went to Saudi Arabia, according to the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.

Saudi Arabia is rapidly introducing robotics and automation in all sectors, and even cleaning and maintenance jobs are being taken over by automation.

Between 70 and 80 percent of cleaners in the country are from Bangladesh and a large number of them are likely to be deemed redundant in the next few years, said the embassy report.

It said the Covid-19 fallout came as the last straw. "This will further hit Saudi crude oil prices... meaning, the suspension of many ambitious projects in the Kingdom, and a large number of migrant workers will be deported immediately."

The Daily Star has a copy of the report.

Saudi labour ministry officials in a recent meeting made it clear that they will soon be recruiting only the skilled workers with valid certificates.

Bangladesh Ambassador in Saudi Arabia Golam Moshi said the government should look into the matter seriously and form an expert committee to explore alternative labour markets.

"We cannot sit idle under such a situation," he told The Daily Star.

Bangladesh officially earns around $3 billion a year in remittance from Saudi Arabia. The amount may be around $7.5 billion if illegal money transfers are counted, he said.

Due to mainly six reasons, including the oil price dip and the Saudization policy, the Saudi government is likely to deport Bangladeshi workers, Moshi told The Daily Star over the phone.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the Saudi authorities have been deporting migrants from different countries.

Besides, there are around two to three lakh Bangladeshis staying in Saudi Arabia illegally. "Most of these Bangladeshis have not earned anything in the last two months."

The Saudi government is planning to send all of them back in the next one and half years, Moshi wrote to the Bangladesh foreign ministry.

Syed Saiful Haque, co-chair of Bangladesh Civil Society for Migrants (BCSM), said losing the biggest labour market is a matter of great concern and a looming threat.

The government should immediately launch diplomatic efforts to stop the deportation, he said.

After the pandemic, the prime minister and foreign minister should consider visiting the countries where there are many Bangladeshi migrant workers.

"Otherwise, Bangladesh may face a disaster," warned Saiful.

The BCSM recently wrote to the United Nations secretary general calling for steps to prevent forced return migrant workers from several Middle East countries.

He said all stakeholders, including civil society members and government officials, should launch efforts to protect migrant workers.

https://www.thedailystar.net/frontp...migrants-ksa-10-lakh-face-deportation-1899244
 

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10 lakh is 10,00000, its a huge number. Any requests from Sheikh Hasina Bangladesh govt against such mass deportations.
 

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There are no 10 lakh Bangladeshi migrants in KSA..these are Burmese who are living around Jeddah and Makkah. Many have Bangladeshi passports for travel documents
 

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10 lakh is 10,00000, its a huge number. Any requests from Sheikh Hasina Bangladesh govt against such mass deportations.

Read the article. No immediate deportation but possible deportation in future of upto 1 million due to many factors mentioned in the article like

1. Corona
2. Saudi vision 2030 (replace 70% foreign workers with local).
3. Slump in oil prices.
 

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The Saudis are trying to get their youth and unemployed to work as they realize you can't sustain the current model for to long as it'll create resentment between the people and leadership. The head tax that was implemented 2 years back was for this purpose to slowly force a lot of the workers to self leave, and this worked as few in my family had to come back or send their family back as it become un-affordable.

The other issue will be the low oil prices and slowly down in the global economy due to COVID-19 and other factors.
 

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Lmao why send so many people? This is in their culture to take advantage of people and discard as necessary
It is not the GoB recruiting and sending people to the ME. Recruiting agencies at both ends do this job. It is very usual that a private company/employee in ME or anywhere would recruit people when needed and would discharge them when not needed.

Issue is not what the Arabs do to our labors. The issue is with the GoB. Why it is still not encouraging private people/companies to build numerous mills and factories where our unfortunate young people can be fruitfully employed?

As usual, the govt is wasting our hard-earned export/remittance dollars to import finished factory goods from India and China instead of providing funds to would-be entrepreneurs. This is how BAL hooligans and cronies are minting money at the cost of virtually expelling our people to ME.
 

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Gone are the days when just being Saudi meant you could sit at home, and live a nice life on the Govt. dole. Saudis are also trying to diversify their industrial production, so they will need workers and they are training their youth in vocational skills.

On the other hand, Bangladesh economy will also get better, create more jobs and we will need more workers locally as well. I don't think being a cleaner and unskilled labor in Saudi pays a lot.
 

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Gone are the days when just being Saudi meant you could sit at home, and live a nice life on the Govt. dole. Saudis are also trying to diversify their industrial production, so they will need workers and they are training their youth in vocational skills.

On the other hand, Bangladesh economy will also get better, create more jobs and we will need more workers locally as well. I don't think being a cleaner and unskilled labor in Saudi pays a lot.
Saudis are lazy and there is a limit to what a robot can do. Saudis started this oil war and now it will bite them.
 

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Saudis are lazy and there is a limit to what a robot can do. Saudis started this oil war and now it will bite them.
The below is what I have read somewhere:

"My grandfather was a camel driver. He roamed the Arabian desert on his camel. My father was a motor cycle driver and now I own a big American Lincoln motor car. When the oil reserves go further down my son will become a motor cycle driver and my grandson again a camel driver in the desert".
 
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The Saudis are trying to get their youth and unemployed to work as they realize you can't sustain the current model for to long as it'll create resentment between the people and leadership. The head tax that was implemented 2 years back was for this purpose to slowly force a lot of the workers to self leave, and this worked as few in my family had to come back or send their family back as it become un-affordable.

The other issue will be the low oil prices and slowly down in the global economy due to COVID-19 and other factors.

That’s why Allah will never give them Barakah, they have huge landmass and these people have been living there for a long time , they should be allowed to get citizenship, this is what wrong with Muslim world right now with the exception of Malaysia and turkey. This si why you see the mess in those places. I think international community should not let it happen, they have huge landmass as well. Many Syrian refugees and other have found refuge in Malaysia and Sudan, turkey. They must change this culture of inhumanity, backwardness and racism (and this has no place in 21st century) based on fallacy and ignorance for betterment of the humanity. Look how immigrants plays a big role in nation building. May god bless the western world for accepting immigrants, refugees, and providing shelters to unfortunate peoples from around the world. Politics aside, Western world is a beacon of hope when it comes to these matters.
 
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It is not the GoB recruiting and sending people to the ME. Recruiting agencies at both ends do this job. It is very usual that a private company/employee in ME or anywhere would recruit people when needed and would discharge them when not needed.

Issue is not what the Arabs do to our labors. The issue is with the GoB. Why it is still not encouraging private people/companies to build numerous mills and factories where our unfortunate young people can be fruitfully employed?

As usual, the govt is wasting our hard-earned export/remittance dollars to import finished factory goods from India and China instead of providing funds to would-be entrepreneurs. This is how BAL hooligans and cronies are minting money at the cost of virtually expelling our people to ME.


Actually BD government is in the process of a plan to stop needing to send any more labourers to the ME or other countries but it will take time - plan should be finished by 2030.

First of 100 SEZs are already in operation with 10s of thousands of jobs already created. The plan is that all 100 will be created by 2030 with 10 million jobs for locals.

Also as BD gets richer and the pay differential between what you can get in BD and overseas lessens, then the idea of going overseas to work in a manual and unskilled job will become not that appealing
 

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Read the article. No immediate deportation but possible deportation in future of upto 1 million due to many factors mentioned in the article like

1. Corona
2. Saudi vision 2030 (replace 70% foreign workers with local).
3. Slump in oil prices.

Where's that chap 'American Syhleti Bengali' advocating to learn Arabic, well there goes your angle from the economic prospects.
 

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