A total 148 Bangladeshis were brought back from war-torn Libya on Wednesday through Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) of International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
A Charter flight carrying returnees, including conflict wounded, survivors of failed sea crossings to Europe, and former detainees, arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the morning, said an IOM press release.
The flight left Misrata Airport in Libya on Tuesday for Dhaka, where they were assisted upon arrival by the IOM staff.
Returned migrants received counseling and vulnerability screening, immediate direct assistance, assistance to obtain travel documents and other consular services, pre-departure health checks, coordination with countries of origin for specific assistance to returnees IOM at the Shelters and Misrata Airport in Libya.
Among the returnees, eight persons are physically ill. They have been given intensive health care support and admitted to a hospital for treatment.
Giorgi Gigauri, IOM Bangladesh Chief of Mission, said, “As hostilities continue in Libya, we spare no effort in protecting and assisting the most vulnerable Bangladeshi migrants who find themselves stranded in most precarious conditions. We also make sure that there is a support system available for them upon return home to address the immediate humanitarian and longer-term reintegration needs.”
Since 2015, over 1,400 Bangladeshi migrants have returned home through the VHR programme.