The scheme could lower the cost of going abroad for work - which can cost thousands of dollars in fees - and curb the abuse and trafficking of Bangladeshi migrant workers, said the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment. “After that we will spread these names and make people aware of the certified brokers,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Around 3,800 Bangladeshis died while working abroad last year - the highest annual toll since 2005 - raising concerns among campaigners about the poor treatment of many migrant workers. Bangladesh has more than 1,200 licenced recruitment agencies but most are located in cities and out-of-reach of a huge chunk of the population, said Shakirul Islam, chairman of Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program (OKUP), a migrants rights organization. “That’s why the job seekers are dependent on the middlemen to reach these agencies and go abroad,” he said.
Source: Dhaka Tribune February 12, 2019 06:45 UTC