The number of labour migration jumped by 41 percent during the January-July period this year compared to the same period last year.
In the first half of 2016, a total of 421,221 workers migrated overseas from Bangladesh to take up employment. The number rose to 596,705 during the first six months this year, according to Bangladesh Bureau of Manpower of Training (BMET) data.
Saudi Arabia, United of Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Libya, Sudan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, UK, Italy, Japan, Brunei, Mauritius, Iraq are the key destinations for Bangladeshi migrant workers.
Saudi Arabia is Bangladesh’s largest labour market. During the January-July period of 2017, a total of 341,294 Bangladeshi workers migrated to Saudi Arabia followed by 57,707 to Qatar, 57,633 to Oman, 31,225 to Kuwait, 23, 876 to Singapore, 22,147 to Malaysia, 16,897 to Bahrain and 12,353 to Jordan.
Tajul Islam, additional director general of BMET, told daily sun that labour migration to different countries across the world is on the rise as the government has stepped up its diplomatic efforts to send more skilled manpower with better overseas jobs.
“Last year we sent the more than 7 lakh people to different countries, and the number might reach 10 lakh this year,” he said.
The BMET official also said the government has been exploring new potentials for manpower exports in addition to taking steps for ensuring security and a favorable atmosphere for the workers in the countries they are employed in.
Manpower and migration expert Dr Tasneem Siddique said the overseas labour market would expand further if the country can generate more skilled manpower.
“At the same time, we must address the issue of illegal migration as it hampers the country’s reputation abroad and shrinks the scopes in the overseas labour market,” she added.