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90% male expats suffer some degree of corruption: TIB

DHAKA, March 9, 2017 (BSS)- At least ninety percent of male intending candidates for overseas jobs do suffer from some degree of corruption during their pre-departures, according to a finding of the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) reveled here today.

TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said overseas job seekers' do suffer from many kinds of suffering that include: finding genuine recruiting agents, bearing high costs for the job, visa processing, air ticketing, reaching the destination on time and their local accommodations.

"Brokers and recruiting agencies are mainly responsible for these," he told a press conference in the city today.

TIB programme manager Manzoor-E-Khuda and senior programme manager Shahjada M Akram presented the key findings from a recent study.

Dr Iftekharuzzaman said the number of overseas employment candidates was growing against an inadequate number of such visas for Bangladeshi nationals. So, there is a mismatch between demand and the supply, and it was the brokers and the agencies who have been taking advantage of it raising costs for overseas jobs.

The TIB said Taka 5,234 crore has been siphoned off through 'hundi' for collecting visas for overseas jobs in 2016. Besides, 90 percent of 525,769 expatriates who got jobs in the middle east became the victim of corruption during the period.

It said the stakeholders of the sector should be brought under accountability like the some others sectors in the country. Otherwise, it said, the sufferings of the people would never come to an end.

As an instance, it said, the cost for a job in Saudi Arabia through official channel was supposed to be Taka 165,000 but in practice it goes up to 500,000. Even at times, it shots up to taka 1,200,000, TIB said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)