Foreigners in BD under close watch: Home Minister
02 March 2016, Nirapad News: All the foreign nationals living in Bangladesh are currently under close surveillance, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Wednesday.
The monitoring on the foreign nationals began in light of the recent ATM card forgery scandal in which a German national, Piotr Szczepan Mazurek, was arrested, the minister said while talking to reporters at the Secretariat.
The minister also said efforts are underway to make sure that strict cross-checking is done at all immigration counters to prevent the entry of foreigners with any forged passport or false visa.
Citing a recent survey conducted by his ministry, he said over 0.26 million (2.6 lakh) foreigners are working in Bangladesh in various sectors, such as RMG, NGOs and other consultancy services, both in and out of Dhaka city.
With the ongoing monitoring, the minister said, notices will be issued to those whose visas are reaching the expiry dates and about deportation of those staying in Bangladesh country despite the expiry of their visas, according to a news agency.