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What Bangladeshi media is saying about illegal immigrants from India

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Indians are still reading and hearing a lot about Bangladeshi illegal immigrants. The issue of a National Register of Citizens has now been raised even in the Maharashtra and Haryana assembly election campaigns. Interestingly, Bangladeshi media is also covering the illegal immigrants’ issue. The coverage there, however, relates to illegal Indian immigrants in Bangladesh.

A Bengali-language daily Bangladesh Pratidin in one of its reports on 29 September says that there are as many as five lakh Bihari, Hindi-speaking, people living illegally in Bangladesh. The newspaper has expressed a worrying concern that the number of illegal immigrants in Bangladesh is swelling day by day. The same report also mentions that the total number of illegal immigrants living in Bangladesh is more than 10 lakh people.

The same story quotes Sheikh Hafizur Rahman, a criminologist and professor at Dhaka University, as saying that there should be a dedicated agency to monitor illegal immigrants in Bangladesh. He adds that if this problem is left unchecked, then it may cause a grave threat to national security. Does this sound familiar?

A recent report in Obhijatra, another Bangladeshi news portal, argues that illegal immigrants are a huge burden for Bangladesh’s economy. The report identifies Pakistan, India and Nigeria as some of the major countries from where illegal immigrants come into Bangladesh.

Prothom Alo reports that in a recent raid on illegal immigrants, the Dhaka City police nabbed 31 foreigners, who failed to produce their travel documents. All of them were from........

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