Though Bangladeshi workers migrate to 165 countries for jobs, Bangladesh signed bilateral agreements with only two countries, MOU with 11 and MOC with one.
Absence of formal arrangements with most of the destination countries make ‘our workers vulnerable abroad,’ officials and rights activists told New Age.
Bangladesh has bilateral agreements regarding manpower recruitment in place with only Kuwait and Qatar, according to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.
A Memorandum of Cooperation with Japan provides for sending technical interns from Bangladesh, said BMET.
And Memorandums of Understanding for sending workers are in place with Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, South Korea, Oman, Libya, Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Maldives and Kampuchea.