The government has said it is committed to upholding the rights of Bangladeshi migrant workers abroad and providing all the necessary assistance urging them to avoid any activity that may tarnish the image of the country.
“The government won’t encourage any activity by expatriate workers that’s detrimental to the image of Bangladesh and the excellent relations existing between Bangladesh and Vietnam,” said the foreign affairs ministry (MoFA) on Wednesday.
The government said it is mindful of promoting expatriates’ welfare, particularly amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The MoFA came up with the statement amid some media reports and social media contents about the activities of a section of workers currently staying in Vietnam.
Bangladesh mission in Hanoi has been supporting the Bangladesh nationals within the legal framework of Bangladesh and Vietnam, MoFA said.
All the international flights are suspended in Vietnam since 25 March 2020.
The group of Bangladesh nationals who are demanding a return flight to Bangladesh at Bangladesh government’s expenses since 3 July are engaged in negative propaganda unjustifiably with the help of social media and some overseas TV channels, MoFA said.
The latest group of 17 people who are reportedly sitting in front of the embassy demanding immediate repatriation has been interviewed by the embassy officials and Vietnam authorities.
It was communicated to the embassy by the Vietnam side that the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam issued an order to Ho Chi Minh City Police, Binh Duong Police and Vung Tau Police to investigate the brokers from Bangladesh and ensure security for foreign workers.
Vietnam police informed that they are working with Vietnam companies, who sponsored visas for these people to take responsibility of this group and take them back to Vung Tau City, give them accommodation and jobs, and facilitate their repatriation when commercial flights resume.
Most of them went to Vietnam as visitors, not as legal workers.
The embassy informed 17 people of the employer’s commitment and assurance of the government of Vietnam but those 17 people are not cooperating for unknown reasons.
They were determined not to go back to their workplaces sticking to their one-point demand for immediate return to Bangladesh at the government expenses.