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70% of migrant workers resorting to middlemen

Posted by jaypee 18 days ago Bangladesh
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As many as 70% migrant workers bank on middlemen for completing migration related activities while 50% overseas jobseekers pay double the usual cost as passport fees, says an NGO report.



They also have to wait for long period of time for obtaining passports despite clearing the payment, the report adds.


A Chittagong-based non-governmental organisation Young Power in Social Read More

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UN urged to step up protection of female migrant workers

Posted by jaypee 22 days ago Bangladesh
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Aiming to ensure safe and secure migration, the ministry is planning to revisit the Overseas Employment and Migration Act, 2013, so that the loopholes in the law can be addressed



Dr Nomita Halder, acting secretary of the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, has called on UN agencie Read More

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Illegal foreign workers to face crackdown: NBR

Posted by jaypee 46 days ago Bangladesh
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The National Board of Revenue is set to start inspecting firms that appoint foreigners illegally and, in so doing, deprive the state of due tax.


“Our taskforce teams will visit firms and penal action will be taken for non-compliance with tax rules,” said a senior NBR official,


The taskforce teams, which will comprise of taxmen and representatives from the Federa Read More

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Remittance rises in August, thanks to Eid

Posted by jaypee 71 days ago Bangladesh
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Remittance hit a 14-month high in August, mainly due to Eid-ul-Azha, in a development that may bring a sigh of relief for the government.


Last month migrant workers sent home $1.42 billion. The last time this high an amount was remitted was back in June last year, when $1.47 billion was sent. After that, the monthly remittance was $1-1.2 billion.


August's receipts are also a Read More

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Asean’s obligation to migrant workers

Posted by jaypee 84 days ago Bangladesh
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In June 2014, the Thai government abruptly decided to crack down on undocumented migrant labour in the country, resulting in a mass exodus of some 220,000 Cambodian migrant workers who poured back across the border into Cambodia, leaving authorities here to deal with a sudden and unexpected influx of people in need of jobs.


Three years later, in July of this year, it happened all o Read More

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Lack of coordination pushes migrant workers towards uncertainty

Posted by jaypee 250 days ago Bangladesh
http://www.dhakatribune.com — Blame game and lack of coordination between the ministries concerned and recruitment agencies have increasingly been pushing migrant workers towards risk and uncertainty. 


The scenario revealed itself during a conference styled “Safe Migration and Pr Read More

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Migrant workers in graft mire

Posted by jaypee 252 days ago Bangladesh
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Around 90 percent of five lakh Bangladeshi male workers had to pay two to three times the usual migration cost last year to obtain work visas for seven countries, including five in the Middle East.


They also paid bribes at different stages at the Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry and the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) for visa approval to go Read More

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1,500 migrant workers face food shortage | The Daily Star

Posted by jaypee 469 days ago Bangladesh
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Around 1,500 Bangladeshi migrant workers at a construction firm in Saudi Arabia have been allegedly suffering from food shortages.


The company is not paying workers' wages for months. Rather, it is firing employees, a report run by BBC Bangla Service said yesterday.


“We are now getting food once a day. Some Indian companies are helping their nationals. The Bangladeshis Read More