Manpower export plummets by 50 pc

… recruiters’ see change of situation by end of 2009

Published on The New Nation, Bangladesch, by Syful Islam, July 19, 2009.

Manpower export plummeted by 50 per cent in the recent months as many of the countries have stopped recruiting Bangladeshi labourers and sending back a huge number of them.

In the latest Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island state, has decided to send back 6,000 Bangladeshi workers by the end of this year, citing the effect of global recession. Of them 4,000 labours are working in readymade garment industry.

On Friday Malaysia was scheduled to lift the ban on recruiting 55,000 Bangladeshi workers but a meeting chaired by Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin failed to come to a decision. Members of the cabinet committee on foreign workers recruitment opposed the move citing protection of interest of local workers. 

The ban was imposed on March 10 following a diplomatic misconception, which sparked protest among local labour organisations.

Some days back Romanian government has cancelled 9000 calling visas citing that Bangladeshi labourers flee for rich West European countries after coming to the East European country which was included in the European Union recently … (full text).

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