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No good news yet from Italy: FM about expats’ return

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Monday said there is no good news yet from Italy as they fear the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic keeping the entry of Bangladeshis restricted there until December 31.


The Ministry of Foreign communicated with different levels in this regard but the Italian government is yet to reconsider the decision imposed on a number of countries, including Bangladesh.


Bangladeshi expatriates had frequently violated the mandatory quarantine rules introduced by the Italian government, said the Foreign Minister.


A good number of Bangladeshis were found positive when they were allowed to go back to Italy a few months ago.


When they were put on quarantine by the Italian authorities, many of them skipped the quarantine.


When the Italian government asked for mandatory Covid-19 tests for all Bangladeshi expatriates in a city near Rome, many Bangladeshis left the city to avoid the procedure.


The local media highlighted the rules violations and the Italian authorities were compelled to impose the restrictions, Dr Momen said.


Italy, however, agreed to a Bangladesh proposal for recruiting labourers for the agriculture sector, said the Foreign Minister.


Dr Momen said only 1.5 lakh expatriates Bangladeshis returned home amid Covid-19 pandemic though feared about bulk return seeing media reports.


He said the government took various initiatives to support expatriate workers, including those who became jobless due to the pandemic.


“We told them (workers receiving country) that expatriate Bangladeshis are directly supporting your development,” Dr Momen told reporters at his office.


He said Bangladesh urged the countries to pay dues and six months’ salaries if any worker is terminated due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Dr Momen said four countries paid four months’ salaries.


Source: United News of Bangladesh