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31 lakh BD workers went abroad since 2009: Minister
Sangsad Bhaban, BdChronicle:
Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc on Sunday told Parliament that Bangladesh has exported over 31 lakh workers to overseas labour markets since 2009.
“A total of 31,21,016 Bangladeshi workers went abroad taking clearance from the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) from January 2009 to June 2015,” he said replying to a scripted question from ruling Awami League MP Fazilatun Nasa Bappy (Women Seat-30).
The minister said the present government declared the overseas employment as a thrust sector and focuses on exploration of new markets alongside protecting the existing markets.
Nurul Islam said now Bangladesh exports manpower to 160 countries, up from 90 countries in 2006 during the BNP-Jamaat government.
In reply to another scripted question from AL MP Sanowar Hossain (Tangail-5), he said Bangladesh started manpower export in 1976. As of October 2015, some 95.70 lakh Bangladeshi workers went abroad taking clearance from the BMET since 1976, he added.
Responding to a question from AL MP Hosne Ara Lutfa Dalia (Women seat-3), the minister said a total of 8,52,990 Bangladeshi workers went abroad taking clearance from the BMET from January 2014 to October 2015.