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Baira: Over 100,000 migrant workers waiting to leave country

  • Published at 10:27 pm July 15th, 2020
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File photo of Bangladeshi migrant workers holding passports Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

'More than 32,000 officials and staff of 1,600 recruiting agencies have been left jobless'

More than 100,000 Bangladeshi migrant workers are stranded due to coronavirus outbreak and waiting to leave the country, said Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) on Wednesday.

Baira Secretary General Shamim Ahmed Chowdhury came up with the remarks while attending a virtual discussion with journalists.

Of the workers, 95% are waiting to leave for Eastern countries and 85% for Saudi Arabia, said Shamim.

Among the 100,000 migrant workers, some had visas and some secured tickets but they failed to depart due to the coronavirus outbreak, he said.

“Recruiting Agencies have spent Tk16 crore for these workers' visas and tickets. We have sought government stimulus in this regard," he added.

More than 32,000 officials and staff of 1,600 recruiting agencies have been left jobless, he said adding that in the current situation it has become hardly possible to bear their salaries and allowances.