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Minister: Migrant workers being prepared for post-Covid-19 labour market

  • Published at 10:57 pm December 23rd, 2020
Migrant workers at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka
File photo: Migrant workers at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

A TTC is being set up in Manikganj’s Shingair to offer modern, practical skills training to workers, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad

The government is equipping the migrant workers with more skills to prepare them for the post-pandemic global labour market.

Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad said this on Wednesday during a program at the Prabashi Kalyan Bhaban in Dhaka.

Bangladesh Overseas Employment and Services Limited organized the event to mark the International Migrants Day 2020.

“The ministry has stepped forward for the wellbeing of migrant workers and their families during the pandemic, and more will be done in the future,” Imran said.

“A specialized technical training centre (TTC) is being set up in Manikganj’s Shingair to offer modern and practical skills training to workers.”

The minister also called on all the stakeholders to step forward for the development of the labour migration sector.

Nearly 70% of surveyed migrants who returned to Bangladesh between February and June remained unemployed, according to an International Organization for Migration (IOM) study published in August.

According to the report, returnee migrants experienced reintegration challenges which included difficulties in securing employment, financial problems such as lack of income and accumulating debt, and health-related issues.

IOM Bangladesh Chief Giorgi Gigauri said they need to support the government to prioritize skills development of migrant workers so they can increase remittance flow to Bangladesh.

“We also need to focus on providing financial literacy training, particularly to women, to improve productive investment of remittances and to build the resilience and financial independence of remittance-reliant households.”

In 2019, $18.32 billion was remitted to Bangladesh, the third-highest recipient of remittance in South Asia.

According to the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, in 2019 alone, over 700,000 migrant workers left the country in search of employment abroad and over 73% of remittances were sent from Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Remittance inflows to Bangladesh directly impact socio-economic development and act as a lifeline to vulnerable communities.

There should be an investment in education and skills upgrade so that lower-skilled migrant workers can earn more and break the cycle of debt, IOM suggests.

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