Greece enhance another steps for Bangladeshi workers

Greece enhance another steps for Bangladeshi workers

Greece labour market is opening for Bangladeshi workers and both countries sign a letter of interest on safe migration to the Mediterranean country.

Minister of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, and Notis Mitarachi, Greek Minister of Immigration and Asylum, signed the letter in Athens, Greece on Monday. The proposed memorandum of understanding (MoU) would be finalised by next January and it will be signed during his visit to Dhaka in February, the Greek Minister hoped.

Imran Ahmed Minister of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment,said the Bangladesh government has taken a strong position on legal and regular migration, referring to Greece’s historically friendly relations with Bangladesh. If it is possible to recruit workers from Bangladesh through legal channels, illegal migration would decrease and both countries will benefit from this, he added.

The Greek government amended its law on foreign workers in September this year to issue five-year visas to meet the huge demand for migrant workers in Greece’s agriculture, tourism, ready-made garment and other sectors. With this, employment opportunities have been created for migrant workers there,” read the release.

Around 80,000 Bangladeshi expatriates living in Greece, according to an unofficial estimate. Many of them are staying there illegally.  Some 30,000 Bangladeshis are primarily engaged in the agriculture, hospitality and RMG sectors in Greece.