Ministry publishes info of expats for repatriation verification

Photo shows migrants gathered in the national stadium in Male' city to take part in a regularization program by the Economic Ministry. (Sun Photo/Ahmed Awshan Ilyas)

The Economic Ministry has publicized information pertaining to expatriates, wishing to return back to their nations, in order to ensure that have valid employment approvals. 

In an announcement today, the Ministry said that applications for the voluntary repatriation program were being received by expatriates in the Maldives under valid employment approvals.

The repatriation program is carried out in collaboration with the Bangladeshi government. The repatriation program is also aimed at repatriating undocumented expatriates in the Maldives who wish to return.

The Ministry said that even though these expatriates had proper documentation, they were not working for the parties who obtained the approvals in the first place.

A list of expatriates were issued by the Ministry which included individuals with proper documents who were not working for the parties that obtained the approval in the first place and had requested to be repatriated under the Ministry’s repatriation program.

The Ministry requested that if anyone on that list were working for the employers who obtained the approval, to email the ministry [email protected] stating so before 14:00, November 21, 2020.

Information pertaining to the expatriate such as their full name, passport number as well as the information related to the employer must also be sent to the Ministry along with the email. Expatriates whose information is not shared with the Ministry, will be repatriated, stated the announcement of the Ministry.

So far, the government has repatriated of more than 7,000 Bangladeshi expatriates. Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail has announced that the government will target to repatriate around 20,000 undocumented expatriates in 2021.