For­eign Shores

Southasia - - Briefing -

ing to the Bangladesh As­so­ci­a­tion of In­ter­na­tional Re­cruit­ing Agen­cies (BAIRA), a record 875,055 Bangladeshis took job abroad in 2008, whereas the num­ber dropped to 475,000 in 2009 and to 385,000 in 2010 due to the ef­fect of the global slow­down.

Bangladesh ex­pects Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates and Kuwait to hire more Bangladeshi work­ers as those coun­tries as­sured an in­creased em­ploy­ment for Bangladeshis fol­low­ing visit of Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina there early this year. Malaysia which stopped hir­ing work­ers from Bangladesh in 2009 is again ex­pected to open the job mar­ket for Bangladeshis soon. It has de­cided to le­gal­ize some 300,000 un­doc­u­mented Bangladeshis from Au­gust, 2011, fol­low­ing a high-level con­tact be­tween the two coun­tries.

Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates and Malaysia are the three top em­ploy­ers so far, pro­vid­ing jobs to more than 2.6 mil­lion, 1.6 mil­lion and 700,000 Bangladeshis re­spec­tively.

Bangladesh is ex­pect­ing to send half a mil­lion work­ers on em­ploy­ment abroad in 2011, fol­low­ing a slow­down last year. More than 200,000 Bangladeshi work­ers have al­ready gone on em­ploy­ment abroad by June, and the rest are ex­pected to be hired by for­eign em­ploy­ers in the com­ing months, Bangladesh’s Min­istry of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment an­nounced last month.

The au­thor­i­ties are also try­ing to re­lo­cate some 40,000 work­ers who re­turned home from tur­moil­hit North Africa and the Mid­dle East early this year, of­fi­cials said. Po­lit­i­cal un­rest in the North Africa and the Mid­dle East and an ex­ist­ing ban on fresh re­cruit­ment of Bangladeshi work­ers in Malaysia slowed slow­down man­power ex­port in 2010.

Re­mit­tances from some seven mil­lion Bangladeshi ex­pa­tri­ate work­ers con­sti­tute the sec­ond largest source of for­eign ex­change earn­ings worth $11 bil­lion, fol­lowed by gar­ments.

A par­lia­men­tary sub­com­mit­tee on the Min­istry of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment said more than a mil­lion peo­ple went abroad for em­ploy­ment from 2009 and June 2011. Ac­cord-

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