Job market shrinks for Bangladeshis in South Korea

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 00:17, Nov 02,2019


Job opportunities for the Bangladeshi workers have significantly shrunk in South Korea this year, according to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.

Officials in Dhaka and Seoul said that the Korean government had tightened recruitment from Bangladesh in the wake of document forgery allegedly by some Bangladeshi expatriates in the East Asian country.

Some Bangladeshi workers in South Korea have produced the forged documents before the Korean immigration authorities aiming to change their status in the country, the Korean authority detected.

The officials said that the Korean immigration authorities had already deported those Bangladeshi workers for their illicit involvement in the document forgery.

In the backdrop of the incidence, the South Korean government had already brought some changes in the immigration laws which would be applicable to the recruitment workers from all of the 16 source countries including Bangladesh.

According to the BMET data, at least 1,268 Bangladeshi workers got jobs in South Korea in the nine seven months of the current year.

A total of 2,087 Bangladeshis went to South Korea in 2018, the BMET data show.

In last July, Bangladesh labour attache in South Korea Mokima Begum in a letter to Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment ministry said that due to irregularities of the Bangladeshi workers, the important labour market might be affected badly.

The rules for changing in the visa status have been tightened in South Korea, she said, adding that other labour sending countries had begun accusing Bangladesh for the tight immigration rules.

South Korea recruits workers from Bangladesh through its Employment Permit System for which foreign nationals need to learn Korean language and acquire some skills.

In March, the state minister for foreign affairs, Shahriar Alam, requested South Korea to recruit more workers from Bangladesh.

He made the request when South Korean Ambassador Hu Kang Ilat paid a call on him in his office.

The ambassador ‘highly praised’ technical skills of young professionals in Bangladesh who are presently working in assembly plants and research centres of South Korea’s electronic giant Samsung, the foreign ministry said.

Currently, he said, approximately 15,000 Bangladeshi workers were working in South Korea.

EWOE officials highly praised the South Korean policy under which the migration cost for each worker was not more than Tk 80,000.

Only skilled workers having proficiency in spoken Korean language get jobs in South Korea, said they said.

After selection by HRD Korea, they said, Bangladesh Overseas Employment Services Ltd sends the workers to South Korea.

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