The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has alone recruited nearly 67 per cent of the country’s total female workers who migrated to work abroad during the first 10 months of the current year.
According to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, out of one lakh female migrant workers, a total of 66,773 female migrants were recruited by the employers of the KSA from January to October in 2017.
Jordan has become the second largest recipient country of Bangladeshi female workers by recruiting 17,400 (17.4 per cent) of female migrants during the current year.
The Arab Kingdom had recruited over 68,000 female workers in the year of 2016, the BMET data show.
In May, 2015, the Saudi Arabian employers resumed hiring the female workers from Bangladesh as the Bangladesh government allowed several hundreds of recruiters to send the females mostly for housemaid jobs to the Kingdom.
After a seven-year ban on Bangladeshi workers, the Saudi Arabia had reopened its job market to the country’s female workers.
Migrant rights campaigners asked the government to ensure safety and security of the housemaids before letting them work in a foreign country.
They asked the government to open safe shelters at Bangladesh embassies and missions abroad for the female workers facing problems.
Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association director Sumaiya Islam said that Bangladesh government should send the female workers beyond the KSA where workers would get rights and dignity of their jobs.
She called for ensuring safety and security for the female migrant workers at the destination countries.