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18 Bangladeshis return home from Lebanon

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  • 4 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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18 Bangladeshis return home from Lebanon

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A total of 18 Bangladeshi migrants who had been stranded in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, arrived in Dhaka on Friday.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in association with the Bangladesh and Lebanon governments facilitated their return.

Before leaving Lebanon, the migrants underwent health checkups including PCR tests.

They were offered pre-departure transportation assistance and counselling services, and were screened for underlying protection vulnerabilities by IOM in Lebanon.

Upon their arrival in Bangladesh, they were also provided with post-arrival reception assistance and they will receive reintegration support later.

This movement is part of a coordinated effort from the Bali Process, through its Voluntary Returns Support and Reintegration Assistance Programme, and IOM's Cooperation on Migration and Partnerships for Sustainable Solutions (COMPASS) initiative funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, to support and protect stranded migrants, particularly against human trafficking and smuggling.