Bangladesh sent 8,34,773 workers abroad with job till October this year, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed told Jatiya Sangsad on Sunday.
"We have sent some 13,13,612 overseas-job seekers abroad during the last two years," he said on behalf of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc.
In a question from opposition bench member M Nurul Islam Omar of Bogra-6, he said Bangladesh is sending workers to 165 countries across the world.
The minister said the government has signed agreements/memorandums of understanding with Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, South Korea, Jordan and other countries as main labour markets.
"To reduce unemployment, the present government is considering the issue of sending workers with the utmost priority in the bilateral talks with the countries that recruit workers from Bangladesh," he said.
Besides, the government signed government to government (G2G) Plus agreement with Malaysian government for sending workers under private management, Tofail said. "Under the initiative, some 62,846 workers went to Malaysia till November 9 this year," he added.