Over 300 Bangladeshi workers who were offered jobs in the Russian Federation last September were refused Russian visas as there was no manpower recruitment deal between the two countries, according to Bangladeshi officials.
The expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry has initiated moves to reach a bilateral agreement on manpower recruitment with Russia, the officials told New Age on Sunday.
‘Despite being selected by Russia’s garments and poultry industries employers, over 300 Bangladeshi workers were refused visas by the Russian embassy in Dhaka,’ said Mohammad Azharul Haque, additional secretary of EWOE ministry.
Dhaka and Moscow are working closely to reach a manpower deal to facilitate recruitment of Bangladeshi workers, he revealed.
Apart from garments and poultry sectors, he said, there was a huge demand for construction workers in Russia as the country was building new stadiums and other structures.
He believed that skilled Bangladeshi construction workers could avail themselves of those opportunities in Russia.
The government has recently launched a labour wing at the Bangladesh embassy in Moscow to grasp the opportunities for Bangladeshi workers, he added.
Another official of the ministry said that a Russian manufacturing company had sent a demand letter seeking to recruit 225 workers from Bangladesh, but the recruitments remained uncertain due to the absence of a relevant agreement.
When asked, WARBE Development Foundation chairperson Syed Saiful Haque told New Age that the government should immediately take steps to reach a bilateral agreement with Russia and then send the workers.
‘The refusal of visas to Bangladeshi workers was really unexpected,’ he said.
EWOE minister Nurul Islam has repeatedly said that the government has continued its efforts to explore labour markets in Russia, Australia, Thailand and European countries.
In a recent meeting with the Russian envoy, the minister had requested the Russian government to recruit skilled workers from Bangladesh.
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