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Mon 21 May 2007 08:50 PM

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UAE & Bangladesh aid migrant workers

A new committee will protect rights of up to 700,000 Bangladeshis living in the UAE.

The UAE Labour Ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Bangladesh that will protect migrant workers from the sub-continental nation.

Labour Minister Dr Ali Bin Abdullah Al Kaabi signed the MOU with Bangladeshi Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury during a visit to the country.

A joint committee will be set up with three representatives from each country to oversee the recruitment of workers within Bangladesh, their passage to the UAE, their working terms and conditions while in the Emirates, and the protection of their legal rights.

It is currently estimated that 700,000 Bangladeshis live and work in the UAE, generally within the construction and domestic industries.

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