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Malaysia sends back over 2,500 Bangladeshis in 20 days

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 21 Mar 2024, 02:42 pm

Kuala Lumpur, March 21: Malaysia sent back 2,530 undocumented Bangladeshis under the migrant repatriation programme implemented this month.

These Bangladeshis have been sent back since the migrant repatriation program was launched in the country on March 1. This information was reported in a report by the country's state-owned news agency Bernama on Wednesday, citing the Malaysian Immigration Department.

It has been said that Malaysia has launched the immigrant repatriation program since March 1. Under this programme, 11,943 illegal immigrants have been sent back to their respective countries in the last 20 days. Among them there are 2,530 Bangladeshis.

Malaysian Immigration Department Director General Ruslin Jusoh said in a press conference that a total of 16,824 undocumented immigrants have registered for the programme through the embassies of their respective countries as of Tuesday. There are 12,495 males, 3,728 females, 310 young men and 291 young women among those registered.

The country's official said Indonesian citizens recorded the highest number of illegal immigrants registered in the programme. 7,782 Indonesians have registered to return home.

He said, Bangladesh is on the second place in this list. 2,530 Bangladeshis staying in Malaysia registered to return home. After that 2,454 citizens of India and 1,617 citizens of Pakistan registered in the programme.

Ruslin said at least 94 of the Bangladeshis were cheated by their employers. All of them have been handed over to the employer concerned with the job placement.

"We have not arrested any of these workers," he said. "We accommodated them in shelters. Because they have not committed any crime under immigration law."