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Qatar approves work visas for 50,000 Bangladeshis

Majority of new arrivals are set to be employed in Qatar's booming construction sector - report

Qatar approves work visas for 50,000 Bangladeshis
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Work visa applications for 50,000 Bangladeshis have been approved by Qatar labour authorities, with the majority to be employed in the construction sector, it was reported on Wednesday.

Most will gradually arrive over the next three months and their arrival follows a recent visit to Qatar by Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Bangladesh’s minister for expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment.

“We’re happy to provide more workers,” Bangladeshi ambassador Syed Masud Mahmood Khundoker told Doha News.

Embassy officials told the website that the 50,000 workers already have job offers in Qatar, but had been waiting for the government to approve their applications.

There are approximately 220,000 Bangladeshis living in Qatar, making it the fourth-largest expat community behind India, Nepal and the Philippines.

Embassy officials told Doha News that between 7,000 and 8,000 new Bangladeshis arrive in Qatar each month.

Between 60-70 percent work of the expats work in the construction sector. The remainder includes engineers, managers, Islamic scholars and approximately 9,000 domestic workers, Mohammed Serajul Islam, the embassy’s labour counsellor was quoted as saying.

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