Global labor market under threat due to pandemic and economic recession: Expatriate Welfare Minister

The global labor market is under threat due to the pandemic and global economic recession. It has emerged as a challenge for Bangladesh as one of the labor sending countries.

However, we are hopeful. Night follows day and that day will come very soon.

Speaker Dr. Wednesday afternoon. Minister of Expatriate Welfare and Foreign Employment Imran Ahmed said these things while giving a statement in Rule 300 of the Rules of Procedure in the Parliament session presided over by Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury.

The minister said, we have taken various steps to prepare the skilled workforce. We can send them abroad as soon as economic downturn conditions normalize and markets open up.

I am working towards this goal. If we can create a skilled workforce that is compatible with the post-Covid-19 market, our expatriate income flow will continue.

This statement is to remove the confusion related to the labor market and to highlight the latest information about the labor market as there are various types of news on the labor market.

Highlighting the latest statistics, the employment minister said that according to the calculations of the past years, about 60 thousand workers from Bangladesh went abroad every month.

From January to August 2019, 460,000 workers went abroad. But from January to August 2020, only 170 thousand workers went abroad. This is because no worker could go abroad from April to August this year.

On the other hand, a small part of our workers have returned to their respective countries due to the irregularity of the money of the immigration sector of different countries due to Corona.

One lakh 11 thousand 111 expatriate workers have returned to the country from April 1 to September 6. Many of them have returned to the country after the end of the working period or because of no work. Although it was feared that the economic recession and the impact of the corona will disrupt the labor market of the countries that employ the main workers, many foreign workers will be unemployed due to this.

Hopefully, the number of returning workers so far has not become alarming. In this case, the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Foreign Employment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have simultaneously played a positive role in missions and embassies abroad.

Highlighting the activities of the ministry, the minister said that the government has taken necessary initiatives for the economic rehabilitation and re-employment of all the workers who have returned or will come.

To deal with the Corona crisis, the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare has provided emergency relief and financial assistance of Tk 13 crore to Bangladeshis staying abroad.

Besides, measures have been taken to repatriate vulnerable workers and rehabilitate repatriated workers and work time.

The affected employees or the family members of the deceased employees are being provided loans of up to taka five lakh for a period of five years through Pravasi Kalyan Bank on simple terms and conditions at only 4 percent simple interest.

The Prime Minister has already allocated another 500 crore rupees to the workers returning from abroad. In addition, initiatives have been taken for the overall welfare of the repatriated workers and the rapid implementation of a project worth Tk 425 crore with the support of the World Bank.

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