Overseas employment of Bangladeshi workers dropped by 17 per cent in the first four months of current year following reducing recruitment by Middle Eastern (ME) nations.
A total of 226,771 workers went abroad with jobs in the January-April period this year while 273304 workers went in the corresponding period of previous year, the data of Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) showed.
However, manpower recruiters feared that if the trend continues, it will be hard to send even 500,000 workers abroad in current year.
Bangladesh sent 734,181 workers in 2018 and 10,08,525 in 2017, BMET recorded.
Over 1.2 million workers were sent abroad since 1976.
The ME countries such as Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar Kuwait have reduced the recruitment of foreign workers following sluggish development works.
As a part of policy reformation Saudi has engaged more local workers in different sectors. Besides, Oman is discouraging less-skilled workers from Bangladesh.
But the officials at the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment said they are focusing now on quality migration rather the number.
A member of the executive committee of Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) said the government should take necessary initiatives to resume the markets, remained closed for long days.
The government should also explore new markets and trade as the demand for workers in traditional markets is declining gradually, said Lima also the proprietor of Jannat Overseas.
Recruitment by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia remained stopped currently.
Although outflow of workers declined, the inward remittances grew by 10.01 per cent in the 10 months of current fiscal year (FY) due to depreciating rate of local currency against US dollar.
Bangladeshi nationals working abroad sent $13.03 billion home during the July-April period of the FY 2018-19 from $12.09 billion in the same period of the previous fiscal, central bank data said.