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Iraq – Recruitment of Bangladeshis formalised

02 September 2013

Dhaka and Baghdad have formalised an agreement on the resumption of recruitment of Bangladeshi manpower for post-war reconstruction activities in the war-torn country, reports the Financial Express Bangladesh

Iraqi Labour and Social Affairs Minister Nassar-Al-Rubaiee and Bangladesh Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain signed the Memorandum of Understanding at the Bangladesh Overseas Employment Services Office in Dhaka.

Iraq stopped recruiting workers from Bangladesh in 1991 due to the first Gulf War. More than 100,000 Bangladeshis; including doctors, nurses and other professionals worked in Iraq before the war. Initially some 1,000 Bangladeshi workers will be recruited. 

Minister Hossain said: “An Iraqi technical team will submit the letter for such number of workers while visiting Bangladesh on September 8.” He added that Iraq needs a large number of construction workers to rebuild its infrastructure. The country will also hire 100 nurses under a government arrangement. 

The recruitment will be conducted via the Bangladeshi government’s database, commented Minister Nassar-Al-Rubaiee.  An estimated 1.4 million workers have already registered through the government online documentation programme.

The head of the delegation advised that migration costs and wages had yet to be discussed but that the migration costs can be lower if there are no middlemen involved.

With regard to the security measures of Bangladeshi people in the war-torn county the minister said they give the highest priority to make sure safety. "We will follow our 1962 act to ensure security of the foreign workers".

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