Greek shores to open for Bangladeshi workers next year

The Greek minister will visit Bangladesh in February next year to finalize a draft MoU between the two countries

Greece is going to open its labour market for Bangladeshi workers in 2022 as Dhaka and Athens will sign a memorandum of undersigning on safe, secured and regular migration.

Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed, who is leading a Bangladeshi delegation during his current visit to Greece, held a meeting with Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis on the issue.

Main points of discussion during the meeting were safe and low-cost migration of Bangladeshi workers after assessing the demands of workers in the Mediterranean country's agriculture, tourism and agriculture sectors.

The Greek minister will visit Bangladesh in February next year to finalize a draft MoU between the two countries.

Sources said Greece now offers a one-year (renewable) digital nomad visa for foreign nationals who are working remotely and are self-employed or employed by a company outside Greece.

Applicants must generate at least €3,500 gross monthly income and cannot perform work or services in Greece.

Digital nomads now have access to an immigration status in Greece, where no such option previously existed

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh Ambassador to Greece Ashud Ahmed said: “Bangladeshis living in Greece, if properly trained in certain professions, can increase their earnings by three or even four times, while the country will benefit from another significant remittance avenue.”

Some 30,000 Bangladeshis are primarily engaged in agriculture, hospitality and RMG sectors in Greece, the birthplace of democracy, he also said.

The Bangladeshi envoy further said these labour-intensive sectors could open up a sustainable market for Bangladeshi, provided they upskill the workers and send them through a legal migration channel.

"To integrate expatriate Bangladeshi workers in the Greek labour market, and increase their skills, we started a skill development training program with the renowned Greek training institute named Iek Delta for our prospective workers with support from our Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment," said Ashud Ahmed.

Welcoming the Greek move to open its labour market, former director of Dhaka Chamber and Commerce and industry (DCCI) and incumbent chairman of Rahman Group Zillur Rahman said strict government monitoring is important in recruitment and migration of Bangladeshi workers to the EU market.

The migration cost to Greece in case selected workers need to be rational, he also said.

Zillur Rahman, also president of Bangladesh Bamboo, Cane and Mat Crafts Foundation (BBCMF), also claimed that no recruiting agencies are not involved in human trafficking and has demanding stern punishment to human traffickers.

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