Housemaids’ migration increases

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 01:08, Jan 04,2017

 
 

Migration of housemaids from Bangladesh increased to 1,18, 088 in 2016 from 1,03,718 in 2015.
According to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training records, in 2016, 68,286 housemaids from the country took jobs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia alone.
The BMET officials said that in 2016, Jordan became the second biggest destination for female workers from Bangladesh, employing 22,689 of them, who included both apparel factory workers and
housemaids.
Oman recruited 12,897 housemaids during the year, followed by Qatar and the United Arab Emirates h each of which gave jobs to over 5,000 housemaids.
Lebanon recruited 2,450 housemaids from Bangladesh during the years, according to BMET.
Housemaids, however, faced increased problems in these countries and more of them faced the issues in the KSA.
Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit’s founding chairperson Tasneem Siddiqui, who teaches political science at Dhaka University, urged the government to address safety issues of the female workers abroad.
She also demanded the removal of middlemen from the recruitment process as they were the main cause of cheating the
workers.

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