Bangladeshi expatriates have been playing a significant role in making fortunes for their families for years and, therefore, facilitating the development of our nation. Even amid the lethal economic hit of the epidemic, they are helping the policymakers take different decisions to fight against the deadly virus by keeping the wheel of the economy run. Their economic contribution has reached a record high once again. The remittance inflow was USD 20.67 billion in the first ten months of the current fiscal year, USD 5.81 billion more than the same period last year.
The remittance inflow has broken the record when many migrant workers had been stranded in their homes due to international flight suspension. They hoped for returning to their workplaces any way. Realising the overall fact, the authorities concerned have rightly decided to operate special flights to some most desired destination countries. And about 65,000 stranded workers have returned to their workplaces in the last couple of weeks by these special flights.It was a tremendous and time-befitting decision because of some particular reasons. Firstly many of the expatriates had time bindings to return to their works, and they managed to do that successfully. Secondly, the ongoing suspension order of worker recruitment from some countries, particularly India, for one month in the Gulf countries will create opportunities for the workers of other countries, including Bangladesh. And thirdly, it has also learnt that the private farms in Saudi Arabia increased their headcount for the first time this year because of the improved business environment.
Given the present situation of the Middle East, it is for sure that a new window of opportunity has opened for the Bangladeshi expatriates. The ball is now in Bangladesh’s court to make the best of the situation. And the authorities concerned have discharged their primary duty very well by deciding to operate special flights during this critical time. Now we have to go ahead. The policymakers should make utmost efforts to send as many expatriates as possible in the quickest possible time so that these fortune seekers can get employed in the vacant or newly created positions because of the ban on recruitment of Indian workers.