An official team led by Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment ministry secretary Rownaq Jahan left for Moscow Tuesday to explore job opportunities for Bangladeshi workers in Russia.
Officials told New Age that the countries were expected to work out on a manpower recruitment deal.
In the absence of a manpower recruitment deal, ‘our workers cannot legally migrate to Russia’, they said.
Recognising Russia as potential job market, Bangladesh government opened a labour wing at Bangladesh Embassy in Moscow, they said.
The visiting teams includes, EWOE ministry additional secretary Ahmed Munirus Saleheen, deputy secretary Arif Ahmed and Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director Mujibur Rahman.
According to EWOE ministry, over 300 Bangladeshi workers got job offers from Russian garment and poultry firms in September 2016, but the Russian embassy in Bangladesh refused them visas saying no manpower recruitment deal exists between the two countries.
Journalist Moin Uddin Khan who visited Russia in July last year told New Age that a small number of Bangladeshis who migrated to Russia over the years were employed by shopping malls.
Besides, some Bangladeshis are also doing business in Moscow and the other cities, he said.
Bangladeshis with information and communication technology skills could find jobs in Russia, he said, adding that there was also demand of agricultural workers in the Russian Federation.
But migrants’ rights activists warned that trafficking rackets were active in trafficking Bangladeshi workers to Russia offering alluring jobs in Europe, especially Finland, Poland, Ukraine and other countries bordering Russia.
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