For the past two years the number of migrant workers sent back home has skyrocketed. More than 100,000 Bangladeshi workers had to come back from abroad last year due to a host of reasons such as overstay and scarcity of jobs. Around 62,000 workers were deported from different countries in the Middle East, and more than 50,000 were sent back from Malaysia under its ‘Back 4 Good’ programme. This has created an insurmountable crisis for migrant workers who have returned to the country empty handed.
These workers spent millions to gain access to these countries and some were sent back even before they could earn back their cost of travelling there. It is needed to be kept in mind that these workers could have contributed to the growth of economy through providing foreign remittance. But, since they are unable to do that and are on the brink of severe insolvency, the government has thought of a pilot project that might be of some help to these sufferers.
programme will be
able to appropriately use their
experience working abroad
We appreciate this initiative that is going to be taken under the Wage Earners Board (WEB) under the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment. Hopefully, this programme will be able to appropriately use their limited experience working abroad. There are plans that the programme, in its initial phase, will be restricted to 15 districts of the country from where the most number of workers went abroad.
The rehabilitation back there will bring a positive change for these workers after giving them training on various skill based works.
This steady return of Bangladeshi migrant workers from abroad is worrisome and the answer lies with the government as to what it is willing to do for these people to rehabilitate them in the country so that they can contribute to the economy.