Labour migration from Bangladesh to Mauritius increased
National daily Newage reported that Labour migration from Bangladesh to Mauritius increased fivefold in the past 14 years projecting more job demands in the coming days.
Quoting BMET officials Newage said demand for Bangladeshi workers would increase in tourism destination Mauritius as the Bangladeshi working there earned the fame of hardworking people among their employers.
Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training said Mauritius started recruiting workers from Bangladesh in 1992. So far 66,795 Bangladeshi workers went to work in Mauritius.
Migrant rights campaigner and Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program chairman Shakirul Islam, who recently visited Mauritius, told New Age that migrant workers got due respect in Mauritius.
He also saw Mauritius potential destination for Bangladeshi workers as migrant workers enjoy full labour rights there.
He said that basic salary of the textile worker in Mauritius was 8,150 Mauritius rupee (BDT 19,000) and the workers were entitled to get more 2600 MR (6,000 BDT) for accommodation and foods. The workers also could earn more working overtime, he said, adding that wages in the construction site was much higher than textile.
Shakirul also lamented at the activities of some recruiting agencies in Bangladesh who send workers to Mauritius on free visa charging huge cost. This potential labour market might be affected through such practices, he said.
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