A total of 10.77 lakh undocumented Bangladeshi workers had been legalised in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Iraq last year, Finance minister AMA Muhith said Thursday.
The Finance Minister told the budget session in parliament that the government reformed legal framework to ensure transparency, accountability and safety in migration process.
While placing the budget for 2018-19 fiscal, he said the government had been implementing a 10-year ‘Skills for Employment and Investment Programme’ since 2015-16 with the target of developing skill of 15 lakh people in three phases. Under this programme, a total of 1,82,756 people had already been trained on different trades. Of the trained people, 1,29,900 got jobs.
‘Over the past 10 years, we made huge expansion of vocational and technical training infrastructures. During this period, 30 technical training centres and five Marine Technology Institutes were established with public funds,’ he added.
Muhith said the government had fixed its aim to decentralise the training facilities with at least a training centre in each district.
‘During 2009-2017, 17.5 lakh people aspiring for going abroad were trained in these training centres,’ the minister added.
According to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, over 1.15 crore Bangladeshi workers have gone to work in 165 countries since 1976.
Many of them have returned home but there was no data of the returnee migrants, said officials.
Bangladeshi workers became undocumented in destination countries after expiry of visas, passports and changing jobs without taking consent of employers.
Besides, many of the workers become undocumented after going to the countries with tourist visas, said BMET officials.