Opening of the Romanian labor market
Romania has become a destination for Bangladeshi migrant workers.
There is a high demand for foreign workers in the European Union member state, and last month the Ministry of Foreign Employment in Bangladesh authorized Asia Continental Group, a recruitment agency, to send 1,255 workers for two companies in Romania.
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The “work permit” issued to the agency on July 12 mentions that men and women will be recruited by the companies as cleaners, drivers, locksmiths, welders, marine pipe fitters, electricians, nurses, computer scientists, civil engineers, etc.
Romania Insider, a news site, reports that a Romanian consular mission granted 5,400 work visas to Bangladeshis between April and July.
Lokman Shah, owner of Asia Continental Group, said Romania’s demand for migrant workers is nearly four times higher than the 1,255 approved by the ministry.
The workers’ monthly salary will be between $400 and $1,200. They will be employed initially for two to three years, and the employment contracts are renewable.
Working and living conditions in the country will be good, Lokman said.
However, Bangladeshi authorities should try to ensure workers do not attempt to illegally migrate to another country from Romania, he said.
According to recent media reports, several Bangladeshis have been arrested while trying to illegally migrate to other European countries from Romania.
Romania Insider also reports that there were 84,936 foreign employees in Romania at the end of June.
The biggest source of migrant workers in Romania is Turkey, while Nepal and Moldova are other important sources, he added.
In recent years, Bangladesh has tried to extend its labor market to Europe. In February this year, Bangladesh signed a memorandum of understanding with Greece. According to the agreement, 4,000 Bangladeshis are expected to be hired by farms in Greece every year.
Foreign Employment Minister Imran Ahmad met with Romanian Ambassador to Bangladesh Daniela Mariana Sezonov Tane in March and discussed several areas of overseas employment cooperation.
The ministry has set the migration cost for each worker at a maximum of Tk 4.22 lakh, the work permit issued to Asia Continental Group reads.
The agency has started submitting the workers’ passports to Romanian authorities, Lokman said, adding that the workers were expected to start flying to Romania in a few months.