Middlemen cheat overseas job-seekers.
Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc Tuesday said most of the people who go abroad for work through middlemen are cheated in different ways, reports BSS. "People go abroad through three media - middlemen, relatives and the government agencies. But most of them who go abroad through middlemen are cheated. They also fall victims to violence," he said, addressing a dialogue on labor migration at a city hotel. Journalists' Forum on Migration (JFM) organized the dialogue titled 'World Labour Market and Bangladesh Perspective' marking its first founding anniversary with JFM President Manir Hossain in the chair.
Former ambassador Humayun Kabir addressed the function as the special guest while Debate for Democracy Chairman and labour migration analyst Hassan Ahmed Chowdhury Kiron presented a keynote paper on the topic. The minister underscored the need for reducing migration costs for the people going abroad for work and said, "It would be better for the workers, if they can go abroad at a cheaper cost." He also said no syndicate would be allowed for sending workers abroad. Replying to a query from journalists, Nurul Islam said, "We have started working to resolve the problem in Kuwait labour market".
In his keynote paper, Kiron said Bangladesh has achieved a tremendous success in exporting manpower abroad as the country sent about 10.5 lakh workers in 2017. About 81,000 people have gone to different countries with jobs in January 2018, he said and termed the sending of women workers at zero migration cost as a great success of the country. Kiron made some recommendations for sustainable labour market abroad for the Bangladeshi workers that included reducing migration costs, ensuring security for women workers and expatriates' families and to develop skilled manpower.