Monthly Archives: August 2015

Jordan: Migrant Workers in Garment Factory

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A Nepali garment factory worker in Ad Dulayl QIZ Jordan.

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A garment factory worker in Ad Dulayl QIZ Jordan

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Factory entrance in Ad Dulayl QIZ Jordan

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South Asian and Jordanian garment factory workers in a factory  in Ad Dulayl QIZ Jordan.

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South Asian and Jordanian garment factory workers in a factory  in Ad Dulayl QIZ Jordan.

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A Nepali garment factory worker in Ad Dulayl QIZ Jordan.

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Dormitories for the migrant workers in the Al Hassan Industrial  Zone Jordan.

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Bangladeshi garment workers enjoy a dance class.

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Garment factory workers take computer lessons at the Workers’ Center in Al Hassan Industrial  Zone Jordan.

Dreams of bright future in Malaysia shatter for workers from Afghanistan, Pakistan

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Delayed wages, harassment, sleeping 20 to a room These are just some of the things migrant workers put up with. It’s in sharp contrast to what recruiters told them they would get out of Malaysia’s vibrant economy.

For the last six months, Asif Tanvir Zia, who is originally from the Rahim Yar Khan district in Pakistan, has been working as a security guard in Kuala Lumpur with a Malaysian security company. Zia is just one of hundreds of young Pakistanis and Afghans who come to Malaysia looking for better career prospects and better wages. Continue reading

Bangladeshi expatriate workers start feeling the pinch

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As Malaysia’s economy starts to slow down in the face of falling oil prices and political uncertainty, Bangladeshi workers in the Southeast Asian nation are starting to feel the crunch.

The value of the ringgit has gone down to a 17-year low against the US dollar amid political uncertainty. This has started to eat away the Bangladeshi migrants’ savings and the amount they can send home every month. Continue reading

Actions to combat human trafficking not enough

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Mohammad Shafiq was shocked when he saw policemen carrying dozens of coffins to a graveyard at Kampong Tualang village of Alor Setar in Malaysia’s northern state of Kedah late June. He saw hundreds of locals rushing there to see the bodies recovered from different mass graves in Malaysia.

None came to claim the bodies, believed to be of Rohingya and Bangladeshi fortune seekers who had fallen victim to the notorious human trafficking through the Bay of Bengal. Unidentified and unclaimed, they were buried beside a rubber plantation; unceremoniously. Continue reading

Jobs in Malaysia III: For sound hiring system, onus is on Malaysia

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t has always been mutual: Malaysia needs workers, and Bangladesh has plenty of them. That’s why, Malaysia, after Saudi Arabia, has become the second most sought-after destination for Bangladeshi job-seekers.

Given this, a transparent system for labour recruitment could have dismantled the human trafficking chain and also saved the lives of hundreds of migrant workers. But why the two countries have so far failed to devise one such mechanism? In the last part of a three-part series, The Daily Star focuses on Malaysia’s dubious recruitment policy. Continue reading

Jobs in Malaysia II: Worry hangs over hope

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It has always been mutual: Malaysia needs workers, and Bangladesh has plenty of them. That’s why, Malaysia, after Saudi Arabia, has become the second most sought-after destination for Bangladeshi jobseekers. Given this, a transparent system for labour recruitment could have dismantled the human trafficking chain and also save the lives of hundreds of migrant workers.

But why the two countries have so far failed to devise one such mechanism? In the second part of a three-part series, The Daily Star focuses on new recruitment system for workers. Continue reading

Malaysian delegates in Dhaka to settle new recruitment system for workers

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It has always been mutual: Malaysia needs workers, and Bangladesh has plenty of them. That’s why, Malaysia, after Saudi Arabia, has become the second most sought-after destination for Bangladeshi jobseekers. Given this, a transparent system for labour recruitment could have dismantled the human trafficking chain and also save the lives of hundreds of migrant workers. But why the two countries have so far failed to devise one such mechanism?

A Malaysian delegation reached Dhaka yesterday to discuss the mode of labour recruitment through the private sector amid a number of controversies and unaddressed concerns. Continue reading

Jobs in Malaysia I: Govt initiative made to fail?

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It has always been mutual: Malaysia needs workers, and Bangladesh has plenty of them. That’s why, Malaysia, after Saudi Arabia, has become the second most sought-after destination for Bangladeshi jobseekers. Given this, a transparent system for labour recruitment could have dismantled the human trafficking chain and also save the lives of hundreds of migrant workers.

But why the two countries have so far failed to devise one such mechanism? In the first part of a three-part series, The Daily Star focuses on the elements in both the countries that push for the murky system in order to rake in money. Continue reading