Overseas jobs fall in September

Overseas employment of Bangladeshi workers in September this year dropped to the lowest point since August 2015, falling short of the government’s expectations.

Labour migration from Bangladesh has significantly dropped in September due to Eid-ul Azha and Hajj issues, said Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director general Salim Reza.

Talking with this correspondent, he said that apart from Hajj and Eid the government restriction has also caused decline of the migration of the workers.

 Many workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are facing problems and officials concerned.

Salim Reza, however, believed that overseas employment would be increased in the coming days.

According to BMET record, as many as 55,879 workers took overseas employment in September 2016.

Officials and migration experts have blamed shrinking job opportunities abroad, especially in the Middle Eastern countries, lingering economic recession, fall of oil price and war-like situation in the region for the decline.

They urged the government to make realistic efforts to explore alternative new labour markets in Europe, Canada, Asia-Pacific region and East Asian countries for skilled migrant workers from Bangladesh.

BMET records show that this year the highest number of 1,06,501 workers migrated in March while the second highest 95,485 workers went in April and the third highest 93,341 workers went in August.


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