Eleven would-be immigrants die in boat

11th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 March 2005, MADRID- Eleven Bangladeshis died after a boat taking them from Morocco to Spain got lost, leaving passengers without enough food or water.

11 March 2005

MADRID- Eleven Bangladeshis died after a boat taking them from Morocco to Spain got lost, leaving passengers without enough food or water.

"First reports indicate 11 people died trying to enter Spain. The survivors were rescued by the Algerian navy and are in hospital in Algiers," Zahirul Haque, a Bangladeshi official said.

He said he did not know whether the Bangladeshis were seeking to enter Spain illegally or any another details.

"As we do not have a mission in Algeria, we have asked our missions in Spain and Morocco to send us a detailed report. When we receive the report we will know more," he said.

Bangladesh is one of the world's poorest nations with nearly half its 140 million population living on less than one dollar a day.

Thousands of migrant workers travel abroad each year in search of work.

Many fall foul of unscrupulous employment agencies who take fees from workers with false promises of jobs and work permits.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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