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Expat minister: Initiatives for migrant worker rehab taken

  • Published at 10:17 pm March 9th, 2021
Migrant workers at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka
File photo: Migrant workers at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

About half a million Bangladeshis seek overseas employment every year

The government has taken initiatives for the socio-economic rehabilitation of returning migrant workers, Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad said Tuesday.

“Efforts to retrain returnee migrants and send them back abroad as skilled workers are continuing,” he told the 12th meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on his ministry.

The minister also said they have arranged for the issuing experience certificates for returnee migrants.

“We are closely monitoring the international market and trying to explore new markets,” he said.

Bangladesh is one of the largest recipients of remittance. An estimated 11 million Bangladeshis are working in 165 countries. About half a million more seek overseas employment every year.

Last year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, 217,669 Bangladeshis left home for jobs in other countries, according to BMET. At the same time, an estimated 400,000 others returned home.

During this time, the country received $21,752.27 million as remittance.

At Tuesday’s meeting, speakers discussed the reintegration of returnee workers, resending them abroad and the post-Covid-19 labour market situation. 

The meeting was chaired by Anisul Islam Mahmud, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment.

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