Friday, December 18, 2015, Poush 4, 1422 BS, Rabiul Awal 5, 1437 Hijri

Ban On Manpower Export To Libya Yet To Go
5000 job seekers suffering with legal permits
Mohosinul Karim
Published :Friday, 18 December, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 29

The fate of around 5,000 Bangladeshi job seekers willing to go to Libya now hangs in the balance despite having legal permits and visas from Tripoli authorities, as Dhaka is yet to lift the embargo it imposed on migration to that war-torn country three years ago.
Manpower export sector people say the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment are not responding to the requests of Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) and the job seekers to give clearance to them.
In this situation, the overseas job seekers may have to incur a huge loss as the work permits and visas will become invalid after December.
When contacted, Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Khandker Md Iftekhar Haider on Monday said, "It's true that some agencies and job seekers are trying to get government clearance to go to Libya for employment. But we haven't decided yet to lift restriction on exporting manpower to Libya considering its overall situation."
The ministry's top official also pointed out that though the turmoil has changed now, banking channels are not yet normalised, which may throw the job-seekers into uncertainty.
He also said, "We are, however, keeping eyes on its situation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is monitoring the situation through Bangladesh mission in Tripoli. Once we get clearance from the channel, the restriction will be lifted."
Bangladesh slapped a ban on manpower export to Libya through legal channel in May, 2012 until a stable government is in place in the African country. Later, the situation changed there.
In May, 2015, the Libyan government started barring  Bangladeshi workers from entering the country because many of them were trying to travel to Europe by boat illegally.
Following abortive individual efforts to convince the authorities concerned to lift the embargo, BAIRA leaders also tried to do that, as the overall situation in Libya is now almost normal.
They have also assured the authorities of issuing insurance of Tk1 lakh to Tk5 lakh for all the workers going to Libya, but neither the Ministry nor the BMET responded positively.
The Overseas Employment Ministry officials claimed that after getting applications and memorandum from different sources, the Ministry requested the Foreign Ministry to examine the matter. The Foreign Ministry asked Bangladesh Embassy in Libya to send a report on overall situation in that country.
But, the Embassy gave negative report mentioning that though the unrest stopped in the country, the overall situation is yet to back to normalcy. In this situation, it would be risky to send workers to Libya.

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