The Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment has set a target of sending 1,200,000 Bangladeshi workers abroad this year.
Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam disclosed it on Wednesday, when addressing a press briefing at the ministry at Eskaton in Dhaka.
He also informed journalists that last year, over 1,000,000 Bangladeshis got employed abroad.
“In 2017, the government earned $13,526 million in remittance from expatriate Bangladeshis employed in 165 countries. From 1975 to 2017, a total of 11,464,943 Bangladeshis have gone abroad for jobs.”
The ministry is also working to explore new destinations for overseas employment, Nurul Islam said, adding that they were now conducting a study in this regard.
A report is also being compiled based on information accumulated from 42 countries, according to the ministry.
“An agreement to send workers to the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Mauritius and Russia is in the final stage… All the expatriate workers will be brought under an insurance service according to the prime minister’s directives,” he added.