Bangladeshis can’t send remittance from Libya

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:16, Nov 19,2016

 
 

Bangladeshi workers in Libya cannot remit money to their home due to problems in banking system in the war-torn country, said officials in Dhaka and Tripoli.
Due to absence of formal channels of money transfer, they said that the workers have to send money through Hundi or other hand cash channels.
Bangladeshi migrant Nurul Islam who hailed from Kapasia of Gazipur said that he could not send money to his home as there was no financial transaction in the banks of Libya.
Another migrant Robin Hossain from Tripoli said he used to buy dollar in exchange of Libyan Dinner to send back home through Hundi.
Bangladesh Embassy in Libya being fully aware of the problem has taken up the issue with the Libyan central bank officials, according to a message from Bangladesh mission in Tripoli.
Bangladesh Ambassador in Libya Major General Md Shahidul Hoque on Thursday met Libyan central bank governor’s adviser (international relations) Ramdan Mohammed Ibrahim.
During the meeting, the Bangladesh Ambassador requested the Libyan authorities to take measures as early as possible to facilitate sending money by Bangladeshi workers through banks, western union or moneyGram.
Besides, a set of recommendations was also submitted to the Libyan central bank.
On the other hand, the central bank authority assured Bangladesh of taking necessary steps after scrutinizing the recommendations, the embassy officials said.
According to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, Libya has been recruiting Bangladeshi workers since 1976 and it has so far recruited more than 120,000 workers.
Officials said around 40,000 Bangladeshi workers are currently living in Libya.
Despite the war like situation, officials said that Bangladeshi migrant workers were mostly reluctant to return home from Libya.
Earlier on July 31 last year, in a press statement, the foreign ministry advised all Bangladeshi nationals not to travel to Libya until the situation in the country became stable.

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