One million BD migrant workers get jobs abroad in '17

One million BD migrant workers get jobs abroad in ’17


Dhaka – Bangladeshi workers going on jobs abroad are expected to exceed one million (10 lakh) this year and it would the highest ever number in a year in the expatriate sector in the country, said minister for expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment Nurul Islam.“Over 9.73 lakh Bangladeshi workers have been employed in different countries this year till today (Sunday). Of them, 1.18 lakh are female workers…The number of workers would surplus 10 lakh by the end of December,” he said while speaking at a press conference at the ministry conference room yesterday.
He said most of the workers went to Saudi Arabia alone this year, accounting for 5.62 lakh, he said.
The minister said manpower export of the country hit the previous record this year and the trend of exporting manpower is increasing day by day as new markets are being opened.
“We have exported some people to Russia responding to their requirement. The market of middle-eastern countries will also be opened soon. Japan government is also agreed to import workers from Bangladesh following the MoC (memorandum of cooperation) signed earlier. The procedure will be finalized by this month,” he claimed.
The ministry took up the programme to mark the International Migrants Day to be observed in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the globe on Monday.
Replying to a question, he said the ministry received nine complaints from female workers, who were abused in destination countries in the current year. “We have received only nine complaints and already attended all of the cases,” he said.
The minister alleged that there were some ‘violations and nuisances’ of Bangladeshi female workers facing in the Middle East countries, particularly in Saudi Arabia.
He said if they receive any complaint they communicate to Bangladeshi embassies concerned and try to resolve the problems of the migrant workers.
The Minister said the ministry is exploring new destinations for manpower export to continue the trend. A study to explore new markets in 52 courtiers is almost completed, he added.
The Minister elaborated his Ministry’s achievements in last one year and the programmes taken regarding the Migrants Day. This year’s slogan of the day is ‘Safe Migration, Sustainable Development’.
Secretary of expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment Namita Halder said that they focused on sending skilled workers especially from the districts from where less number of workers migrated abroad.
She said the aspirant workers would be given training before sending them abroad following the agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Earlier, the minister inaugurated a daycare centre at the ninth floor of the ministry for the children of the expatriate families. He also inaugurated three hotline numbers—01784333333, 01794333333 and 02-9334888 so that family members can enquire wellbeing of the expatriates.
The minister informed that minister for home affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal would inaugurate the day-long programme of International Migrants Day by taking part in a colourful rally fro in front of South Plaza of Parliament Complex at 8:00 am today. The rally will end at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre and it would be followed by a discussion meeting. – Staff Reporter


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