Job opportunities for professionals shrink abroad

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 01:05, Jan 10,2017


Job opportunities for doctors, engineers, teachers, IT specialists and other professional groups of Bangladesh drastically fell in recent years.
Officials and recruiters told New Age that after closure of traditional job markets, the government failed to find alternative destinations for the country’s foreign employment seekers.
Employment opportunities for Bangladeshi professional groups drastically shrank abroad in last five years, they said
Libya, Iraq and Iran closed their doors though in the past they were lucrative destinations for doctors, engineers, teachers and other professional groups of Bangladesh.
Since 2012, the United Arab Emirates also virtually stopped professional groups as well as workers from Bangladesh.
Earlier, UAE used to hire marine engineers, civil engineers besides other professional groups as well as workers to man various facilities in Dubai.
In June last year, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia resumed hiring workers from Bangladesh after a break of seven years.
Until 2008, Saudi Arabia was the largest provider of jobs to doctors, university teachers and other professionals of Bangladesh.
In 2016, only 4,638 Bangladeshi professionals got jobs abroad, compared to 36,084 in 2012, according to data released by the expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry on Sunday.
In 2013, only 689 professionals of Bangladesh got foreign jobs, while 1,7 30 in 2014 and 1,274 in 2015, shows EWOE ministry data.
The EWOE data, however, did not take into account many other Bangladeshi professionals who secured overseas jobs on their own initiative.
Dhaka University professor of International Relations and migration expert CR Abrar said highly skilled professionals seldom seek overseas jobs through the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.
Lack of employment opportunities at home leaves thousands of educated youths jobless every year said Abrar, who is also executive director of Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit of Dhaka University.
He said that there was no basis in the official claims that professionals no more looked for overseas jobs as they get better paid employment at home.
He said that established foreign job markets provide little access to Bangladeshi professionals.
EWOE minister Nurul Islam, however, said that Bangladeshi professionals were reluctant to work abroad as they were getting better paid jobs at home.
Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies joint secretary general Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman said that the traditional job markets for the professionals shrank for Bangladeshis.

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