Staff Correspondent: Over 5 lakh Bangladeshi expatriates living mainly Middle East and Malaysia are waiting for returning to home after losing jobs centering the corona pandemic.
They can’t return to home right now due to suspension of flights. They will come back home soon after beginning of flights operation, sources said.
Seeking anonymity, a senior official of Bangladesh Embassy Dubai told that, “At least 5 lakh Bangladeshi expatriates are expecting to go back home from the UAE after beginning of flights.”
Most expats living Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan and Malaysia are taking preparation to go back home after losing their jobs following the COVID -19 turmoil.
Besides, many tourists, who have stuck up for flight grounding are waiting to return home country.
“The pressure of homebound people may be increased in the initial days as they will try to go first than other,” said a flight operating official preferring anonymity.
“We are yet to get any guideline from Dhaka in this regard that who will get preference to go on first flight, but I guess that it may be medical patients, pregnant woman, elderly men and women and Indian nationals, who have stuck up at Dubai and the workers, who are now in a critical state,” he added.
Meanwhile, Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employees ministry has taken several steps to provide fiscal support for the Bangladeshi expatriates who want to return home from aboard being sacked from jobs for the Coronavirus pandemic.
Over 5 lakh Bangladeshi workers are now leading miserable life at abroad for want of jobs and income. They are facing crisis of foods and health care services. Finding no way, they are being forced to go back home. But, many are trying to manage new jobs as per their capacities, sources said.
Concerned ministry has spent only Tk 5 crore to support the destitute workers living abroad.
Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad said, “Bangladesh government has taken decision to provide supports the jobless expatriates in a bid to start new ones in the home land after returning.”
“With the aim, concerned Finance Ministry is going to allocate Tk 200 crore as incentive packages for the next FY budget,” he added.
On the other hand, Expatriates Ministry is planned to increase another 2 percent incentive for those, who earlier sent remittance from aboard for the country.
Bangladesh government took some initiatives including introduction of 2 percent incentive that helped to increase the remittance flow by $18 billion in 2019-20 fiscal year.
As per the World Bank (WB) report, the volume of Bangladesh’s inward remittances may be reached to US$ 14 billion at the end of 2020 compared to over $18 billion in 2019.
A data of BMET (Bureau of Manpower, Employment, and Training) revealed that, over 1.2 crore Bangladeshis work in 170 countries and they send remittances of $ 16 billion annually. Of them, over 80 percent are employed in the Middle East and East Asian countries.
Experts said, “If such big number of people comes back to home country being unemployed, country will face dire consequence. The remittance flow will reduce, whereas the number of jobless will increase.”