Malaysia may recruit arpoun 5,00,000 to 7,00,000 Bangladeshi migrants in 2017.
"The country is likely to hire 5,00,000 to 7,00,000 migrants in 2017," said state minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam while talking to reporters after attending a book launching ceremony at Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University on Tuesday.
Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (MMRU) organised the book launching ceremony of “Untold Stories of Migrants: Dreams and Realities’.
Sumaiya Khair, professor of law at Dhaka University moderated the function while Tasneem Siddiqui, professor of Political Science at the same university gave the introductory speech of the book.
She said the stories of 150 migrants are included in the book. The migrants have told their stroies in their own ways.
While talking to reporters, Shahriar Alam said there are over 1,00,000 undocumented Bangladeshis in Malaysia. The government of Malaysia has agreed to issue cards to allow them to work for two years and then return home, he said.
The state minister said the labour migration to Malaysia will take place through a digital system.
The intermediaries will have no function in the recruitment process, he said adding "It would be foolish to pay Tk 5,00,000 as the migration cost".
Asked about the possible cost of migration, the state minister declined to make any comment.
The exptriates' welfare and overseas employment ministry can tell about it.
Shahariar Alam, who had a recent bilateral meetings with the Malaysian authorities, said, "We have got a requisition of 12,000 workers".
While addressing the book launching ceremony, the state minister said the labour migration is playing a significant role in reducing poverty. “Still our migrants are facing various problems at various level of migration".
Shahriar Alam said the present government is working to ensure orderly migration. The government has taken an initiative to mainstream the migration sector in the development agenda.