Over 0.5m BD workers get jobs abroad in H1 2017
More than half a million workers have left Bangladesh with overseas employment in the first half of the current calendar year as hiring of workers in the Gulf region, mainly in Saudi Arabia increased during the period.
According to the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET), some 520,490 Bangladeshi workers got jobs abroad in the January-June period of this year.
Of them a total of 302,273 workers went to Saudi Arabia, while 51,849 have gone to Qatar, 50,637 to Oman, 25,637 to Kuwait, 19,784 to Singapore and 16,470 to Bahrain.
Manpower exporters said if the trend continues, more than 1.0 million Bangladeshi are expected to get employment abroad this year. Bangladesh sent 372,895 and 244,239 workers abroad in the first half of 2016 and 2015 respectively.
After reopening of Saudi labour market for Bangladesh, the outflow of workers has been on the rise. The Gulf country reopened its market in August 2016. Saudi Arabia also recruited 43,744 female workers as home maids.
Although outflow of workers abroad increased, the inward remittances dropped substantially by 14.48 per cent or US$2.16 billion in the just-concluded fiscal year (FY).
The inward flow of remittances went down to US$12.77 billion in the FY 2016-17 from $14.93 billion a year back, the central bank statistics said.
Lower fuel oil prices in the global market have brought a negative impact on development activities in the Middle Eastern countries. So workers in many companies in the ME are not getting standard wages and benefits, officials said.
More than 10 million Bangladeshis went abroad since1976. Bangladesh has sent its workers to 160 countries. Of these, 20 are major ones.