Update December 24, 2017

Dhaka 8-32 pm, 15-May, 2021

11 lakh Bangladeshis to go abroad with jobs by the end of this year

Mirajul Moin Joy

24 December 2017, Nirapad News: Since the present government is following a strict policy to ensure safe migration, some 11 lakh Bangladeshi workers would go abroad with employment by the end of this year as the overseas job sector is witnessing a boom.

“The overseas job markets are witnessing a boom and 9,90,728 Bangladeshi workers have already gone abroad till December 21 this year,” Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam told BSS here today.

He said the government expects a substantial growth in manpower export in the coming year due to various realistic initiatives taken by the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“We are very much cautious about human trafficking as the government is working on it. We are providing foreign language training to our overseas job seekers at the training centres across the country,” Islam added.

He said the government has undertaken a special programme for rehabilitation of the expatriate workers who have returned home. Besides, several developed countries expressed their keen interest in taking skilled and semi-skilled workers from Bangladesh through legal channels.

The government is helping to develop skilled workers in 48 different trades and also has 70 technical training centres (TTC) for skill development. The government is also constructing 40 training centres at upazila level with 50 more in the pipeline, officials said.

In 2016, a total of 7,57,731 Bangladeshi workers went abroad with job, while the number was 5,55,881 in 2015. Currently about 1.3 crore Bangladeshis are employed in 162 countries and they remit annually more than US$ 15 billion to the country.

Regarding awareness among the overseas workers, the minister said social awareness is essential to ensure safe immigration because many workers are going abroad without receiving proper knowledge.

He said the main objective of the government of sending workers abroad is to continue the present trend of overseas employment as well as attaining the government’s target of sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The government has a plan to explore new labour markets as well as open new labour wings, where a significant number of Bangladeshi workers are employed, for ensuring their welfare. At present, 29 labour wings are working aboard.

Besides, Japan showed keen interest to recruit skilled workers from Bangladesh and a MoU will be signed between Bangladesh and Japan within a few days.

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