A batch of 47 bona fide Bangladeshi nationals earlier trafficked into Thailand by sea would be arriving in Dhaka today by Biman Bangladesh airlines flight BG 089. Among the returnees, 10 hail from Jessore, 9 from Sunamganj, 9 from Sirajganj, 6 from Jhenaidah; 2 each from Narsingdi, Mymensingh, Meherpur, and Cox’s Bazar; and 1 each from Tangail, Faridpur, Shariatpur, Madaripur, and Bogra districts.
As a special measure, the repatriation of the above 47 detained Bangladeshi nationals are being fully sponsored by the Government of Bangladesh, which includes airfare, transportation from Suan Plu Immigration Detention Centre, Bangkok to Suvarnabhumi Airport and other expenses.
The Embassy of Bangladesh in Bangkok with the active support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs of Bangladesh and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and Thai Immigration Bureau, has so far repatriated 872 Bangladeshi nationals trafficked into Thailand since late 2013. The Embassy also repatriated 33 Bangladeshi nationals since the discovery of mass grave along the Thailand-Malaysia border on 1 May 2015.
Meantime, since the May 01 mass grave discovery incident, Bangladesh Embassy Officials to Thailand visited Songkhla Province for teh second time on 10 June 2015 with a Consular Team of the Embassy to interview and inquire about the well-being of 117 self-identified Bangladeshis most of whom have been freshly rescued since early May. In line with the commitment made by Bangladesh Foreign Secretary at the 29 May Bangkok meeting to bring back all Bangladeshis by one month, the Embassy has been working relentlessly to expedite return of all the stranded Bangladeshi nationals in Thailand at the shortest possible time.
It may be noted that in June 2015 Bangladesh Embassy in Bangkok will continue to interview remaining 203 self-identified Bangladeshis around Thailand as per slots given by Thai Government for their early repatriation to Bangladesh.