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Korea reopens doors for Bangladeshi workers

92 leave for Seoul

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 6 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Korea reopens doors for Bangladeshi workers

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In a praiseworthy move, South Korea has resumed receiving expatriate workers from Bangladesh to support the country’s economic development.

Some 203 Bangladeshi workers left for Korea since December 2021, including 92 on Wednesday.

According to the Korean Embassy in Dhaka, 92 Bangladeshi workers left for Korea from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka via chartered flights operated by a Korean air company.

It was the first batch of Bangladesh expatriate workers going to Korea this year (2022).

The South Korean government suspended accepting foreign workers in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resumed receiving expatriates from December 2021. 

After the resumption, so far, a total of 203 Bangladesh expatriate workers have travelled to Korea. In December, 111 Bangladesh workers were admitted to Korea, said the Embassy.

Among the 92 workers, who were admitted this time, 44 workers were newly employed while the rest of them were re-entry workers.

Korea has been admitting medium and low-skilled foreign workers from 16 countries including Bangladesh through the EPS (Employment Permit System) program.

Due to the unprecedented and prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, however, the Korean government suspended accepting EPS workers.     Accommodating continuous requests from the sending countries as well as from the employers, the Korean government decided to lift the suspension from November 2021 in a limited scope with strict COVID-19 protective measures including quarantines.

Korean Ambassador in Dhaka Lee Jang-keun said Bangladeshi EPS workers have played a crucial role in the Korea-Bangladesh relations --- contributing not only to the economic development of Bangladesh but also to the supply of labour force to the Korean industry.

He welcomed the resumption of receiving Bangladeshi workers and hope that Korea would be able to accommodate more workers from Bangladesh in the coming years. So far, more than 20,000 Bangladeshi workers have migrated to Korea under the EPS system.

According to Bangladesh Bank, the remittance inflow from the Bangladeshi workers in Korea amounted to $209.16 million in FY 2020/21 which made Korea the 13th major source of remittance for Bangladesh.

Korea was Bangladesh’s 12th major remittance generator in FY 2019/20 by helping to generate $177.84 million. The inflow of remittance from Korea has been growing fast in recent years from $80.65 million in FY 2016/17 to $96.29 million in FY 2017/18 and $112.51 million in FY 2018/19.