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Debts, dreams and middle men haunt Bangladeshi migrants jailed abroad

From The Guardian

Remittances to Bangladesh dwarf foreign aid, but as Biltu Mia and 19 others who ended up in a Tanzanian prison discovered, working abroad is beset with problems

“The high cost of migration and the involvement of shady agents encourages what we call irregular migration,” says Selim Reza, a researcher with the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, an affiliate of the University of Dhaka. “Many Bangladeshi migrants find themselves in situations close to slavery. They can’t get legal status and often they don’t have the means to come back home.”

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