The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recruited over 67 per cent of the migrant workers from Bangladesh during the first 10 months of the current year.
Migrant rights campaigners expressed serious concern over allowing so many female workers of Bangladesh to take jobs in the KSA following reports that they were subjected to sexual abuses, tortures and discriminatory low wages.
They said that the demand for housemaids from Bangladesh increased in the KSA after Sri Lankan, Filipino and Indonesian female workers stopped going there.
They asked the government to look for better jobs for the country’s female workers in more hospitable countries.
The jobs of beauticians, caregivers and garment workers would be better than housemaid’s work ‘for our female workers’, they said.
In the 1st 10 months of the current year, 1,00,136 female workers of Bangladesh took jobs abroad, according to the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.
And 66,773 of them were recruited by the KSA, shows BMET data.
BMET officials told New Age that huge the migration to the KSA increased since it reopened its job market to Bangladeshi workers after a seven-year ban.
In 2017, Jordan became the second largest employer of Bangladeshi expatriate female workers by recruiting 17,400 of them since January.
Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit’s director for programme Marina Sultana demanded providing various skill trainings to the female workers before allowing them to take jobs in any country.
Migrant rights campaigner Faruque Ahmed demanded migration of female workers under strict supervision of the government to protect their rights and ensure their safety.
Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association director Sumaiya Islam said that Bangladesh government should send the female workers to countries where expatriate workers’ rights and dignity are protected..
WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque said that it was the authorities’ responsibility to allow female workers to take jobs in countries offering equal and non-discriminatory wages.
He demanded discouraging female workers from taking jobs in Saudi Arabia for its discriminatory policy with regards to wages and also its dismal record of subjecting expatriate female workers to sexual abuses.