Maldivian repatriates over 8,000 Bangladeshis

Maldivian, Bangladeshi expats
Expats being repatriated by the National Airline, Maldivian. | Photo: Maldivian

Malé, Maldives — The national flight of Maldives, Maldivian has repatriated over 8,000 Bangladeshi nationals since Covid-19 started spreading in Maldives.

On Wednesday, Maldivian airline tweeted saying that they have repatriated 152 Bangladeshis from a flight that will be going to the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka.

Along with the 152 expats that were repatriated on Wednesday, Maldivian has till date repatriated over 8,000 Bangladeshi from the Maldivian airline.

The Maldivian government has been repatriating volunteering expatriate workers from Maldives due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. By the end of 2020, the government has aimed to repatriate at least 20,000 undocumented workers. However, the Economic Development Minister noted that no expatriate will be forced to return to their home country.

A statement from the Maldives Immigration recently revealed that there are approximately 100,000 undocumented workers living in Maldives illegally without having any valid documents or passports.

When the Covid-19 virus first lead to a community spread in Malé city, majority of the confirmed cases were of Bangladeshi nationals. This was mainly due to the overcrowded and unsanitary living conditions that the expacts had to live in. However, the amount of Bangladeshi nationals who are testing positive for the virus have decreased now.