Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said the government has identified 11,000 illegal foreigners. Initiative has been taken to deport them.
The minister made the disclosure while addressing reporters at the secretariat after a meeting of the cabinet committee on law and order on Thursday.
He said, “The authorities enlisted around 11,000 foreigners who do not have valid visas or passports. They come from different countries. Most of them are citizens of African countries.”
“Although their passports expired, they never tried to return home. Even the embassies of their respective countries in Dhaka did not respond when the authorities concerned contacted them to discuss the issue. That is why the government has taken an initiative to send them back to their respective countries,” the minister added.
Law minister Anisul Haque, Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Commerce minister Tipu Munshi, State minister for public administration Farhad Hossain, State Minister of Shipping Ministry Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and others joined the function.