By Nayma Qayum
What country are most of Europe’s illegal migrants coming from? You might think Syria or some other war-torn nation. You would be wrong. According to the International Organization for Migration, the top “sending” country is a democracy that claims to have made strides in human development: Bangladesh.
Bangladeshi migrants are paying between $8,000 and $9,000 just to get to Libya, and an additional $700 for an uncertain passage across the Mediterranean to Italy.
The vast majority are looking for work — and migrant work has always been risky. Thousands of Bangladeshi workers have died working in Middle Eastern countries. More than 8,000 bodies were returned to Bangladesh from 2004 to 2009, out of roughly 3.7 million Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman in 2009. Employers often subject workers to inhumane working conditions and hold them hostage by confiscating their passports.
These migrant workers are trapped in foreign countries, unable to return home.
If it’s dangerous, why do so many Bangladeshis migrate?
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