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50,000 Bangladeshis to be hired every month
Dhaka asks KL to fix Tk 65,000 as migration cost
Staff Correspondent
Published :Wednesday, 12 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 20

Bangladesh offered Malaysian authority to fix up migration cost at Tk65,000 for an individual under the Business to Business (B2B) system.
The proposal was placed during a bilateral meeting between the visiting Malaysian delegation and Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam at the Ministry's Eskaton office in Dhaka on Tuesday. A visiting Malaysian team led by Director General of Immigration Department Mustafa Bin Ibrahim on Tuesday met Expatriates' Welfare Minister Nurul Islam at the ministry. The delegation is visiting Bangladesh to hold series of meetings with the government officials and private entrepreneurs that would send workers to Malaysia under the B2B system.
The delegation will leave Dhaka today (Wednesday).
After the meeting, a high official of the Ministry said that though the migrants were sent to Malaysia under government to government mechanism at Tk30,000 only, the Ministry offered them to increase the cost to  Tk65,000 under B2B system. Though the Malaysian delegation has not make any commitment on the issue, the official claimed, "The migration cost would be a little bit higher than the G2G mechanism. They have shown positive intent on the proposal of the government. It would be finalized soon." He said Malaysia has expressed its intention to recruit 50,000 Bangladeshi migrants every month.
During the meeting with the Minister, the Malaysian delegation wanted to know about the capacity to send 50,000 migrants every month. The Ministry officials assured them that they were fully capable to send the required number.
After the meeting, Expatriates' Welfare Minister Nurul Islam urged countrymen not to deal with brokers for employment in Malaysia.
His comments were made in the backdrop of the human trafficking issue that has drawn flak worldwide.  Human traffickers are known to lure people offering better employment opportunities in countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Nurul Isalm said, "We are still discussing the issue, but nothing is finalized yet."

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