Bangladesh sends 2.30 lakh workers abroad in four months

DHAKA, April 24: Bangladesh has sent 2.30 lakh workers abroad during the last four months giving a boost to the country's manpower export this year, officials said.

They said the country has exported 2.30 lakh workers to different recipient countries from January to April 19 this year increasing the number of exporting manpower to 76,528 than the corresponding period last year.

The government explored some new destinations including Russia, Brunei Darussalam and Eastern Europe for skilled and semi-skilled workers and are now sending on an average over 62,000 workers abroad each month, they said.

"I expect that some 50,000 workers will go to Russia this year as a positive dialogue was held with Russian employers," Labour and Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Eng Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain told reporter on Monday.

He said the workers recipient countries preferred Bangladesh for importing skilled and semi-skilled manpower as Bangladeshi workers who have a good experience to work in agriculture, construction and plantation.

Mosharraf who recently visited Brunei Darussalam and discussed about recruitment of Bangladeshi workers said the unrest in the Middle East and global financial crisis had no negative impacts on our manpower export during the last three years. "Rather, we are expecting a robust growth in manpower export this year," the minister said.

He said the Brunei Darussalam expressed their interest to import skilled and semi-skilled manpower from Bangladesh.

Mosharraf said a significant development has been made to reopen now-stalled labour market in Malaysia, while the legalization of nearly three lakhs undocumented Bangladesh labours is almost at the final stage of completion.

The minister will visit Malaysia next month to see for himself the legalization matters and discuss with his counterpart about the next course of recruitment.

According to the ministry officials, the government is desperately trying to explore new destinations to export its manpower by reducing migration cost and providing necessary training.

The steps taken to create new labour markets have started giving positive result and the government has taken initiative to export manpower to Poland, Papua New Guinea, Algeria, South Africa, Angola and Congo, they said.

They said Bangladesh sent abroad a total of 5,68,062 job seekers to different countries from January to December, 2011 despite the global economic meltdown.

Some 16,64,503 Bangladeshi workers got employment in different countries of the world from January, 2009 to 19 April, 2012 due to various steps of the present government, the officials said adding "the number is almost double in comparison to the corresponding period of the previous four- party alliance government."

Replying to question Eng Mosharraf said the government is implementing various programmes including training courses on language, welding, electrical devices, pipe fitting, plantation, swing trade, rod binding, to turn the huge population of the country into human resource.

Some female interns have already been sent to Japan and over 250 skilled garment workers are expected to be sent shortly, he said.

The Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) source said more than 76 lakh Bangladeshi workers are working in 143 countries across the world. Of them, 80 percent are working in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Oman, UAE, Bahrain and Lebanon.

The rests are working in Egypt, Mauritius, Singapore, Maldives, Brunei Darussalam, Libya, South Korea, Japan, Algeria, Italy, Tajikistan and other countries.

The BMET source mentioned that the ministry along with private recruiting agencies sent 2,30,461 workers abroad till April 19, 2012.

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