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Diplomatic correspondent

2022-01-25 05:07:35 BdST

Italy to hire 69,700 workers from Bangladesh, 30 other countries

The Italian Ministry of Interior Affairs has announced to hire 69,700 workers from 31 non-European Union including Bangladesh this year.

Of them, 42,000 are seasonal and 27,700 non-seasonal workers.

Those seeking work will be able to submit applications between January 27 and March 17.

As per a circular issued by Bangladesh embassy in Rome, the European country will hire workers from Bangladesh after 8 years of embargo on Bangladesh.

The Italian government had withdrawn this opportunity for Bangladesh, as Bangladeshi farm workers violated conditions of Italy's programme by not returning home after terms of their seasonal work ended.

The decision was adopted on December 21, 2021, and has been published in the Official Gazette, according to a press release of the Ministry issued on Sunday.

According to the embassy circular, the validity of seasonal visas is nine months and non-seasonal visas two years. Non-seasonal visa holders will have the option for renewal.

The circular says to recruit a worker, an employer living in Italy has to apply via a designated email to Prefettura, a local government body, mentioning details of the potential migrant worker, to get a no-objection certificate.

Primary-application form can be found at this link nullaostalavoro.dlci.interno.it, which can be sent online in a simple telematic manner.

Arfanul Haque, labour welfare counsellor at the embassy, said this year, Bangladeshis can obtain jobs in agriculture and hospitality sectors as both seasonal and non-seasonal workers.

Besides, there are opportunities for lorry drivers and construction workers under the non-seasonal category, he said.

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