BAIRA eyes drastic fall in overseas jobs, remittance in coming days

Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies, in short BAIRA, on Tuesday hinted that the overseas migration and the inflow of remittance would be declined due to closure of important destinations of Bangladeshi workers.

BAIRA leader, however, hinted that the cost of migration of the outbound migrant workers would  increase due to increased airfare and fees of medical tests of workers.

 They made their observations while speaking at a press conference and opinion exchange meeting with print and electronic media journalists at its office in the city.

BAIRA president Benjir Ahmed MP said that Malaysia stopped hiring workers since last seven months while the UAE stopped recruiting Bangladeshi male workers since seven years.

BAIRA secretary general Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman said that Bangladeshi workers were facing job problems in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The government should immediately sit with the destination countries to look into the issues, he said.

Shameem Ahmed said they proposed a new recruitment system to the ministry of expatriates welfare and overseas employment to cut migration cost and harassment of the workers.

The BAIRA leaders said that they could not keep the government fixed migration ‘stable’ due to increased expenditures in the migration services.

They said that medical fees of the migrant workers have been increased by Tk 5000 for each worker and the airfare in the international routes has increased by 80-100 per cent.

‘Excessive airfare increased the migration cost,’ BAIRA President Benjir said, adding that ‘Open Sky Policy’ should be declared to allow all airlines to enter into Bangladesh to check the increasing airfare.

The government fixed migration cost Tk 165,000 for KSA, Tk 160,000 for Malaysia, Tk 107,780 for UAE, Tk 106,780 for Kuwait, Tk 100,780 for Oman, Tk 97,780 for Bahrain Tk 2,62,200 for Singapore and Tk 1,20, 780 for Brunei.

Actually the migrant workers were forced to pay three to five times of the government fixed cost, said the victims.

BAIRA senior vice president Shafiqul Alam Firoz, vice president Monsur Ahmed Kalam, joint secretary general  Mizanur Rahman and executive committee members were present at the press conference.

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