The Saudi Arabian government has issued around 70,000 employment visas for Bangladeshi male workers since reopening the manpower market in the mid of last year, according to a leader of Bangladeshi Association of International Recruiting Agencies.
With an interview with migrationnewsbd.com, BAIRA joint secretary general Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman said that around 20,000 job visas have been stamped on the workers’ passports from Saudi embassy in Dhaka and 15,000 male workers have already left for the kingdom.
The rest of the visas remain under processing, he said, adding that the visa process were required two or three months for completion.
Describing Saudi Arabia, the largest destination for Bangladeshi workers, the BAIRA leader said that it was also very important for Bangladeshis to retain the labour market for them.
Shameem A Chowdhury, also proprietor of Sadia International recruiting agency, said that the Saudi Arabian government lifted the restriction on recruitment as result of taking diplomatic efforts by the current government.
About the migration cost, he said that the migration cost has already stated cutting by half due to increase of visas issued by the Saudi Arabia.
The migration cost for Saudi Arabia increased as the multi-level stakeholders were involved in the processing, he said.
‘Migration cost mainly depends on demand and supply of visas,’ he said.
The Sadia International recruiting agency has been sending good number of housemaids in Saudi Arabia by providing them training in Bangladesh.
Shameem A Chowdhury said the housemaids who took one-month training were considered semi-skilled workers as they were given practical lessons how to use electric machineries in cooking foods and washing clothes.
The migration of skilled workers increase inflow of remittance but reduce problems in the destination countries, he said, emphasizing on taking efforts for skill development of the migrant workers.