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Malaysia launches new amnesty program for illegal migrants

DATE: 19-Jul-2019 Reported By: Dhaka Tribune

The minister warned of severe legal action against the immigrants who choose to stay after New Year’s Eve

Illegal migrants in Malaysia, including Bangladeshis, will be allowed to return home for a fee of 700RM (Tk 14,362) under a new amnesty program launched by the Malaysian government.

In a media statement released Thursday, Malaysian Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said illegal immigrants will be allowed to return to Bangladesh from August 1 till December 31, reports Bangla Tribune.

The minister warned of severe legal action against the immigrants who choose to stay after New Year’s Eve.

The Malaysian government will be implementing the “Back for Good” initiative in order to let the illegal immigrants return.

“They will also need to obtain proper travel documents, like their passports and special travel passes from their embassies, as well as arrange their own transportation back to their home countries within seven days,” Muhyiddin told Malaysian media agency, The Star, on Thursday.

He added that the programme will be conducted solely by the Immigration Department, without involvement from any middlemen or agents.

The announcement comes nearly a week after the Malaysian Immigration Department met with representatives of foreign missions there on Jul 12 and briefed them on the programme.