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-