Abogado Adalberto Pérez
Every month 60,000 Bangladeshis go abroad but the overseas employment is now closed by coronavirus.
As the entire world is grappling with coronavirus pandemic, around 1.5 lakh Bangladeshi workers who returned home from different countries, are facing a bleak future as they are not sure whether they will be able to return to their workplaces... Every month, 50,000-60,000 people go abroad from Bangladesh and the number is around 6-7 lakh a year, but the overseas employment is now closed following the coronavirus outbreak.
Besides, the country is likely to suffer a sharp fall in remittance inflow as almost all Bangladeshi expatriates around the world remain unemployed under the prevailing situation.
The Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry, however, said the workers who cannot go abroad right now will be able to leave for destinations later.
Shariful Hasan, head of the BRAC Migration programme, told that around 4 lakh people came to Bangladesh from abroad in the past two months of whom around 1 lakh are Bangladeshi expatriates... "Of them, 41,000 came from Saudi Arabia, 38,000 from the UAE, 19,000 from Malaysia, 14,000 from Qatar, 12,000 from Singapore, 12,000 from Oman, 6,000 from Kuwait, 3,000 from Bahrain, 3,000 from Italy, 1,500 from the Maldives, 900 from Germany, 600 from France and rest from other countries," he added.
Shariful said most of the 10 million Bangladeshi expatriates earn on a daily basis. "Only 2 percent of them hold professional jobs. They're paid well while the rest are left without pay at the moment," he added.
He said the government should devise a plan from now on to help send back workers who are unable to go abroad due to the coronavirus outbreak and assist those who are in trouble abroad.
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