Maldives opens way for undocumented Bangladeshis to get regularised

Sunday, 22 May 2022

The Maldives government has opened the way for undocumented Bangladeshi migrant workers to get regularised.

The Bangladesh High Commission in the archipelago urged the Bangladeshi migrant workers to apply for visas or work permits on an urgent basis in a notice on Saturday, reports bdnews24.com.

Those who will not collect the papers in this round will face “exemplary punitive measures”, the high commission warned.

The employers of the undocumented Bangladeshi workers will need to apply for their documentation to the economic development ministry.

If they need further information they can contact the ministry by dialling 1500 or sending an email to [email protected] They can also contact the high commission via phone at 3320859 or through the Viber app at7616636.

There is no official data on the number of undocumented Bangladeshi migrants in the Maldives. The high commission said in 2019 that the number would be around 80,000.

In total, 110,000 Bangladeshis were in the Maldives at that time and 15,000 had returned home during the pandemic, the high commission said.