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Labour market in UAE

It is encouraging to know that Sheikh Abdullah bin Nahyan, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation of the UAE, made an assurance that his country may take workers from Bangladesh in the coming days. When Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen met him recently, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nahyan gave this assurance. Bangladesh’s economy has not yet gained that strength, through industrial development, when we can ignore manpower export as one of its prime drivers. Remittance of the expatiate workers is the second most important sector, after the garments industry, based on which Bangladesh’s economy going to be become a middle income one within a short period of time.

A large section of Bangladesh’s population is still poor and cannot go up to tertiary level of education. The skilled and semi-skilled SSC-passed and HSc passed persons, not the illiterate ones, are the ideal candidates for working abroad as expatriate workers. People with advanced education can always go to any country for employment but that is not the case in point here.

That is why our foreign ministry and embassies should seize all opportunity to send workers abroad. At a recent meeting with Bangladesh’s foreign ministry officials to Gulf countries, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also dwelt on this prospect and very positively urged them to do the needful in this regard. There she also mentioned about the difficulties faced by the overseas jobseekers.

The agencies and middlemen fleece these people and take more than the needed amount of money to go to a foreign destination. They are also harassed by them with no end. For a long time, Bangladesh is sending workers abroad, and these problems are persisting for a long time. But the ministry of expatriates welfare and overseas employment has failed to fix these problems.

Bangladesh has also earned notoriety abroad as quite often people from here go to different overseas destinations without valid papers and documents. For these illegal migrants, the legal ones suffered credibility as migrants taking nations in the past stopped taking workers from Bangladesh altogether. To retain image of Bangladeshi workers, it is precisely the Bangladesh government that has to ensure that people do not go to foreign countries with fake documents.

It is expected that our workers start for UAE soon through the positive efforts from Bangladesh’s embassy there.    

 

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