Bangladesh sent 22,59,786 workers abroad and received USD50.421 billion in remittance in the last three and a half years, according to official sources. Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) data show that around 520,490 workers got overseas jobs from January to June this year and they sent home USD6.598 billion. Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment minister Nurul Islam on July 22 told a training program for BMET officials in the city that around one million workers would go overseas by the end of this year, which will be higher than any previous records. BMET organized the training program for its senior officials. Referring to fraudulent activities in manpower business, he asked the officials concerned to be more active in creating awareness among the people so that they choose official channels to seek overseas employment.
"The awareness campaign should be more intensive in rural areas," said the minister. Currently, Bangladeshi workers are going to 159 countries, a BMET official said, adding that the efforts are underway to explore new markets for sending more workers. The official said the government is also setting up 439 technical training centers at upazila level to develop more skilled manpower.