Additional 152 Bangladeshis repatriated from Maldives

Bangladeshi national stand in queue at the airport to travel back home | Photo: Mihaaru

Male’, Maldives – An additional 152 Bangladeshi nationals residing in the Maldives have been repatriated back to Bangladesh today.

The group of expatriates were flown to Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh on a special flight operated by the flag carrier of Maldives, Maldivian Airlines. Those who flew today include undocumented immigrants, as well as those who volunteered to go back to their country.

According to recent statistics, more than 8,000 undocumented immigrants who were living in the Maldives have been flown back to their countries, during the on going Covid-19 pandemic period.

As Maldives continues to repatriate expatriates in the country for protective measures due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, authorities have announced that they hope to send back approximately 20,000 workers by the end of the year.

When the Covid-19 virus first lead to a community spread in the Malé city, majority of the confirmed confirmed cases were of Bangladeshi nationals. This was mainly due to the overcrowded and unsanitary living conditions that they were forced to live in.