2.5 lakh Rohingyas went abroad with Bangladeshi passport: Minister
Minister for Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Nurul Islam BSc has said that about 2 to 2.5 lakh Rohingyas went abroad with Bangladeshi passport.
He said this at the inaugural program of world summit series for expatriates Bangladeshis at a hotel in the capital on Saturday.
Center for Non-resident Bangladeshis organized the program as part of world conference series.
Expatriates Welfare Minister said, Rohingyas are tarnishing the image of Bangladesh through their involvement in crimes in abroad. They are earning money and sending it in Myanmar
He said, when I visit different countries many come to meet me identifying them as Bangladeshi. When asked about their home they answer that they are Rohingyas.
Nurul Islam said, Rohingyas are going abroad by making passport using the national identity card. We have made the opportunity at the ground level. The trend must be stopped. This should not be allowed.
He also said, proposal was sent to Prime Minister for providing incentives who would send remittance in Bangladesh in legal way. The incentives will be given if Finance Minister permits. Thus income in legal way will increase.
Meanwhile, in the summit eight demands were placed paying emphasize on upholding goodwill of Bangladesh in abroad. Of the demands there were, renewing passport, giving national identity cards, action to make the expatriate bank more active and for sending remittance legal way and removing tax fear for the investors in the country. The speakers opined that the country’s economy will be enriched if meritorious persons are brought back to the country from abroad and offered work here.
The program was presided over by Center for NRB Chairman M S Sekil Chowdhury where former caretaker government advisor Hosen Zillur Rahman, FBCCI president Shafiul Islam Mahiuddin, Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed, Bangladesh Bank Deputy Governor Abu Hena Mohammad Razi Hasan and some expatriate Bangladeshis also delivered speech.