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Jordan becomes top destination for skilled Bangladeshi garment workers
Published: November 28, 2021 19:30:47
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Jordan has become a top destination for skilled garment workers from Bangladesh as hundreds of Bangladeshi women find employment in the kingdom’s clothing sector every week, according to a report published by Arab News.
Bangladesh started exporting skilled garment workers to Jordan in 2010 through a government agreement. Jordan’s garment industry has expanded rapidly in the past few years, and two-thirds of Bangladeshi female workers in the kingdom now find employment at its clothing factories.
In other Middle Eastern countries, Bangladeshi women work mostly as domestic helpers.

Quoting data from the Bangladeshi Embassy in Amman, the Arab News report said the Jordanian garment sector currently employs 40,000 Bangladeshi women.
“Every week we recruit around 500 female migrants for Jordan’s garment sector,” Mohammad Abdus Sobhan, company secretary of the state-run Bangladesh Overseas Employment and Services, told Arab News.
“It’s a very good opportunity for Bangladeshi female migrants to earn more as a skilled workforce with much more dignity,” he was quoted as saying in the report that was published on last October 30.
“All they need to have is some working experience in the local garment factories,” he said, adding that average monthly salary of Bangladeshi garment workers in Jordan is between $260 and $360 and that all of them initially receive two-year contracts.
Sobhan told Arab News that the demand for Bangladeshi labour has been on the rise since the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

“In 2020, the kingdom accepted only about 3,700 garment workers from Bangladesh, but this year up to Sept. 30 more than 12,300 had already left for the Middle Eastern country,” according to the report.
“Jordanian employers bear all the costs of processing working permits, travel, accommodation and healthcare,” it noted.
The Arab News said, “Bangladesh Nari Sromik Kendro (BNSK), a rights organisation for migrant workers, has been conducting awareness campaigns in the country’s rural areas about work opportunities abroad. It has found that workers are interested in joining Jordanian garment factories due to their employment model.”
“Our female migrants are very interested in taking the opportunity since it’s an employer pay model, where the employer bears all costs to have the migrants’ services,” BNSK executive director Sumaiya Islam told the news agency.
“Workers themselves say higher incomes are also a factor.”
“My elder sister joined a garment factory in Jordan three years ago. The working environment and salary structure is much better than in Bangladesh,” Masuma Begum, a 33-year-old single mother of two who is scheduled to fly to Jordan next month, told Arab News.
“So, I also decided to join my sister.”
Kulsum Akter, 27, another garment worker who is preparing to work in Jordan, informed the news outlet that the job will help her to provide for her whole five-member family.
“The job in Jordan will double my income. Now I will provide better education for my seven-year-old son,” she said,
BRAC, the largest development organisation in Bangladesh, advocates for more initiatives to tap into the Jordanian market
“It’s a very good opportunity for our female migrants since they earn more without any incidents of abuse,” BRAC’s head of migration programme Shariful Hasan told Arab News.
“We need to make the people aware at the grassroots level so that the intended migrants can make an informed decision about their opportunities in the overseas market.”
Dhaka’s ambassador to Amman, Nahida Sobhan, told the agency that the embassy is regularly in touch with Jordanian authorities, the Jordan Chamber of Commerce, the Jordan Garments, Accessories and Textiles Exporters Association, and individual factory owners to facilitate the employment of Bangladeshi workers.
“We are maintaining regular contact with Jordan’s Ministry of Labour and other government agencies to bring more Bangladeshi workers. We have regular interaction with the business community,” Nahida Sobhan was quoted as saying.
 

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That's stupid.

Jordan is gonna make much more money by exporting garments to richer countries without even putting the hard work.
 

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That's stupid.

Jordan is gonna make much more money by exporting garments to richer countries without even putting the hard work.
What stupid talking you are making here about Jordanian exports of its production and earns money? This is how the world economy develops and moves.
 

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What stupid talking you are making here about Jordanian exports of its production and earns money? This is how the world economy develops and moves.

There was a thread about it last year, read up.


Many people considered it a stupid idea to send cheap and yet skilled labour to a country where they will be paid as little as possible and products will be exported to richer countries with whom Jordan has FTA bringing them dollars, the same dollars which could have gone to Bangladesh instead which also exports RMG, have skilled workforce, teaches skills and pays as much as Jordan would be paying to BD workers(after the deduction of living costs).

Let me put it even more simply:
Jordan need local market for RMG.
It has international market for RMG for exports.
It has lesser population.
It has severe lack skilled workforce for RMG.
On the other hand, there is Bangladesh. Higher population, bigger skilled workforce, much bigger RMG exports.
Now instead of you taking over their export destination and even their local market, you are sending them cheap and yet skilled labour force so that they can not only cover their domestic market but also increase their exports without even putting the hard work of skills by just paying 260 dollars per months to BD labour, and most of that money will be spent in Jordan by them due to living and other expenses.

And ofcourse, there another issue of how workers would be treated.

Good day to you.
 

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There was a thread about it last year, read up.


Many people considered it a stupid idea to send cheap and yet skilled labour to a country where they will be paid as little as possible and products will be exported to richer countries with whom Jordan has FTA bringing them dollars, the same dollars which could have gone to Bangladesh instead which also exports RMG, have skilled workforce, teaches skills and pays as much as Jordan would be paying to BD workers(after the deduction of living costs).

Let me put it even more simply:
Jordan need local market for RMG.
It has international market for RMG for exports.
It has lesser population.
It has severe lack skilled workforce for RMG.
On the other hand, there is Bangladesh. Higher population, bigger skilled workforce, much bigger RMG exports.
Now instead of you taking over their export destination and even their local market, you are sending them cheap and yet skilled labour force so that they can not only cover their domestic market but also increase their exports without even putting the hard work of skills by just paying 260 dollars per months to BD labour, and most of that money will be spent in Jordan by them due to living and other expenses.

And ofcourse, there another issue of how workers would be treated.

Good day to you.

I agree with @Valar bhai in that this is not entirely a great idea, unless of course there are too many apparel workers in Bangladesh without a job (excess can be sent over to Jordan).

I have seen the conditions these apparel workers live in, in Jordan, which is not a whole lot better than how they live in Bangladesh. On top of it, not too much remittance will be sent to Bangladesh, which is what our main interest should be,

I don't know if Bangladesh negotiates with Jordan on minimum wages for these people. That should be crucial. I have a feeling the labor ministry haramis are taking bribes from Jordanians and selling away our interest.

I understand we have to help out a friendly country like Jordan in their industry (Arab politics connected with Saudi/Gulf lobbying) however there should be a limit on how many people can be sent. At some point, we would be losing apparel orders to Jordan.

IMHO Jordanians should come invest in factories in Bangladesh
 

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I agree with @Valar bhai in that this is not entirely a great idea, unless of course there are too many apparel workers in Bangladesh without a job (excess can be sent over to Jordan).

I have seen the conditions these apparel workers live in, in Jordan, which is not a whole lot better than how they live in Bangladesh. On top of it, not too much remittance will be sent to Bangladesh, which is what our main interest should be,

I don't know if Bangladesh negotiates with Jordan on minimum wages for these people. That should be crucial. I have a feeling the labor ministry haramis are taking bribes from Jordanians and selling away our interest.

I understand we have to help out a friendly country like Jordan in their industry (Arab politics connected with Saudi/Gulf lobbying) however there should be a limit on how many people can be sent. At some point, we would be losing apparel orders to Jordan.

IMHO Jordanians should come invest in factories in Bangladesh
This is what the news says:

“All they need to have is some working experience in the local garment factories,” he said, adding that average monthly salary of Bangladeshi garment workers in Jordan is between $260 and $360 and that all of them initially receive two-year contracts.
Sobhan told Arab News that the demand for Bangladeshi labour has been on the rise since the lifting of coronavirus restrictions".


The female workers have the right to choose their place of works and only the Jordanians will decide whether it would be beneficial for their businesses to invest in a faraway country like BD. Neither can we decide for them nor can we dictate them.
 

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unless of course there are too many apparel workers in Bangladesh without a job (excess can be sent over to Jordan).

I assume this is the case. Either way it's still a win-win. Jordan gets cheaper workers, Bangladesh gets remmitance and reduces unemployment.

Rizq is in the hands of Allah, Jordan being in the textiles industry won't take away anything from Bangladesh that Allah intended to be for Bangladesh.
 

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Rizq is in the hands of Allah, Jordan being in the textiles industry won't take away anything from Bangladesh that Allah intended to be for Bangladesh.
This is the most important point you have said above. Rizq is in the hand of Allah, but a person has to work hard to earn his/ her Rizq. Bangladesh loses nothing by sending a few female skilled workers to Jordan. It has a high population,

Many will get employment within BD when a group leaves for Jordan. So, it is a blessing both ways.
 

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I had forgotten how close the relationship between Jordan's Royal family and our political leadership was.

Suhrawardy's niece Sarvath became the crown princess of Jordan. These folks trace their ancestry from Sufi saints of the Suhrawardy lineage from the time of the 1st Caliph of Islam. Sarvath and her mom were very educated. Her mom Shaista Ikramullah was the first Muslim woman to be awarded a Ph.D. degree in England and was appointed Pakistani Ambassador to Morocco - among other govt. appointments. Many members of the family are prominent intellectuals and academicians in both Bangladesh and Pakistan.


 

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