The government has planned to send 12 lakh workers abroad in 2018 as last year over 10 lakh workers were sent to different countries breaking all previous records, revealed the expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam on Wednesday.
‘We are mulling on sending more skilled and trained workers abroad this year by keeping on the current migration trend intact,’ he said while briefing media at the ministry’s conference room.
The minister said the migration of both male and female workers was increased last year.
The government would put utmost emphasis on ‘quality rather than quantity’ of the migrant workers while sending them abroad in 2018, he added.
‘Plans are underway to increase the number of semi-skilled and skilled workers by reducing the unskilled workers for overseas jobs,’ he said, adding that the government had adopted a system of ‘decentralisation and digitalisation’ to send workers abroad.
The government also planned to introduce a database of returnee workers at union-level, he added.
Asked about the allegation of higher migration costs, the minister said the ministry got no complaint in this regard.
The country received a total of $ 13,526 million remittance this year, according to the Bangladesh Bank, the minister said.
EWOE ministry’s secretary Namita Halder, among others, spoke at the press conference.
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