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One of the returnees said, "Life in Libya was very dangerous as hostilities continued there. I decided to return to my country as I could not earn enough money. It was very difficult to stay over there. I am grateful to IOM and the government of Bangladesh for arranging my flight home. I am very happy that I will see my family after years."

Giorgi Gigauri, IOM Bangladesh's chief of Mission said stranded Bangladeshi migrants find themselves in precarious conditions in Libya, and Covid-19 has exacerbated their vulnerabilities.

"It is our number one priority to provide these returnees with a safe and dignified way to get home, and to support reintegration into their communities. To do this, we continue to work closely and constructively with the government of Bangladesh, and I thank them for their ongoing efforts."

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