More than 50,000 expatriate Bangladeshi workers are likely to return home from Saudi Arabia soon, to benefit from an amnesty, said a newspaper there.
Saudi Gazette wrote on Tuesday that at least 20,000 of them have already returned to Bangladesh.
Saudi Arabia will recruit nearly 3,000 Bangladeshi workers in different professions by this year, state-run BSS said on Thursday.
Bangladesh ambassador in Riyadh Golam Moshi urged all 'irregular' Bangladeshis living in Saudi Arabia to return home and reenter the country through legal channels, UNB reported on Friday.
The envoy made the call while addressing an opinion-exchange meeting in Dammam, a Saudi city.
The ambassador said the Bangladesh embassy will remain beside the Bangladeshi expatriates in their any need.
"The door of the embassy remains open for all Bangladeshi expatriates for any help," ambassador Moshi was quoted as saying.
The Saudi Gazette report mentioned that some 45,000 Bangladeshis, out of 50,000 willing to return, were able to complete their exit procedures across the kingdom.
Thousands of undocumented expatriate workers reportedly intensified their efforts to benefit from an amnesty which is coming to an end on Monday.