LAST_UPDATEFri, 22 Jun 2018 11pm

Bangladesh To Send 11,758 Workers To Malaysia

NEW DELHI: A total of 11,758 workers from Bangladesh are set to arrive in Malaysia, with the first batch scheduled for March 27, said the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) director-general Shamsun Nahar.

“The orientation and training of the selected workers has been concluded and visas are being processed. Hopefully it'll be completed within a few days,” she told Bangladesh’

She said, the Bangladesh government was trying to send the maximum possible number of workers in the first phase, adding that it depended on how soon the visas were ready.

The 11,758 workers are part of the first phase of the Bangladesh government's selection under a government to government (G2G) arrangement with Malaysia.

A total of 1,435,436 people across 64 districts in Bangladesh applied online to secure employment in Malaysia, of which 34,500 were selected through a lottery.

Bangladesh is seeking to increase its labour exports to prospective countries with booming economies because the remittances they send has now emerged as one of the mainstays of its economy.

Expatriate remittances to Bangladesh rose to US$14.2 billion in 2012, up 16.3 percent from the previous year.

But since many of those who reached foreign shores on their own were badly exploited, the government stepped in to streamline labour exports through G2G arrangements, said the report.

-- Bernama