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Italy to recruit workers from Bangladesh

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  • 20 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Italy to recruit workers from Bangladesh

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Italy will recruit 69,700 workers from Bangladesh and 31 other countries in different categories this year.

The European country will take some 59,000 workers from 32 countries, including Bangladesh, on a quota basis, says a gazette published by the Italian government on Monday.

The remaining 10,700 workers and employees will enter Italy from different parts of the world in various categories, it added.

This time the European country will employ 17,000 permanent and 42,000 seasonal or agricultural workers.

The Italian government has published a final gazette with quota on Monday. Earlier, the application form was published on January 12.

Submission of permanent and seasonal sponsor visa applications will start on January 27 and will continue until March 27.

Employers will directly recruit workers based on their application or recruiting agencies and Bangladesh government may not play any role in the process, said officials.

They are yet to know about the number of Bangladeshi workers who would be able to avail this opportunity but said it will be low-cost migration.

Asked about the recruitment, Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) Director General (DG) Shahidul Alam said they are not officially informed about the recruitment.

Claiming anonymity an official of the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment said, “This will be a direct recruitment. The workers who want to go to Italy have to apply individually to the employers or they can contact through their relatives there to sponsor them.”

“It will be a low cost migration but we are not sure how many Bangladeshis will be able to take this chance as there is scarcity of Bangladeshi employers in Italy in the mentioned sectors,” he added.

Bangladeshi expatriates in Italy have said that permanent sponsors have provided in many sectors including construction, heavy transport, tourism and big hotel business where the number of Bangladeshi ownership is very low.

As a result, it will be difficult to get non-seasonal sponsors, they said. Anisuzzaman, a Bangla- desh-origin attorney, said, “The non-seasonal (sponsored) visa application announced in Italy is not as open like the previous years. This time non-seasonal (sponsored) visa applications can be submitted in three categories and there are very few Bangladeshi owners and workers in these sectors.”

He also said that it has become very difficult to apply for sponsorships. He suggested Bangladeshi workers to apply for seasonal visas for agriculture sector as he believes that if workers get a good owner, it is possible to get visa within four-five months.

According to Italian government, some 26,700 workers will be able to enter the country in construction, heavy transport, tourism and big hotel business sector. Of them, 17,000 will taken from Bangladesh, Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Korea (Republic of Korea), Costa de Avorio, Agitto, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Philippines, Gambia, Ghana, Giappon, Guatemala, India, Kosovo, India, Kosovo.

Workers from Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Republic of Macedonia del Nord, Senegal, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia and Ukraine will also be employed in the European country.