Bangladeshis in the Maldives are a part of the Bangladeshi diaspora, consists people of Bangladeshi descent who have immigrated to or were born in another country. In most cases, first generation migrants may have moved abroad from Bangladesh for better living conditions, to escape poverty, or to send money back to families in Bangladesh. Till now, most Bangladeshis in the Maldives are first generation immigrants.
According to the Maldivian foreign ministry some 50,000 Bangladeshi are now (2011) working in the Maldives, a nation of only around 400,000 people, with one-third having no valid documents or registration  This is a major portion among all the foreign workers in the Maldives.
^ abNahar, K (13 June 2011), Maldives to deport thousands of illegal Bangladeshi workers, The Financial Express, retrieved 16 July 2011, "Maldivian foreign minister Ahmed Naseem last week said some 50,000 Bangladeshi are now working in his country --- a nation of only around 300,000 people --- with one-third having no valid documents or registration."