Deshi workers in the Kingdom

Posted in economics, labour by jrahman on May 2, 2013

Recently, The Economist published: “Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia: The revenge of the migrants’ employer,” on their website. The article tracks data over the last few years of Bangladeshi migrant workers to Saudi Arabia. The data is what it is, and it is fair to say that the sources can be trusted.

However, The Economist’s take on the matter, where the lower number of Bangladeshi workers migrating to Saudi Arabia can be attributed to retaliation by the Saudis to the war crimes trials (WCT) in Bangladesh that are now seeking the death penalty for leaders of Jamaat, may or may not be true. It’s not the only possible story. And I am not even sure it’s the right story. If one analyses the same data from a different perspective, the interpretation can be very different.



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Will the dogs of war matter if there is havoc?

Posted in politics by jrahman on June 29, 2011


The Day of the Jackal is probably the best known, but my favourite Forsyth novel is The Dogs of War.  In this novel about miners and mercenaries in a fictitous African republic, the ‘tribe’ of migrant workers play a crucial role — you should really read the book, but if not, see here for what I mean).

Dogs of war are being assembled in the deserts of the Persian Gulf.  Will they help if there is havoc?


On the remittance performance

Posted in economics by jrahman on December 9, 2009

Couple of weeks ago, I looked at Bangladesh’s exports performance during the global recession.  Remittance was another channel through which Bangladesh was likely to have been affected.  Turns out remittances have also showed fair degree of resilience, though this is not unique to Bangladesh.  Further, looking at the source of remittances reveal interesting patterns too.  Particularly, does anyone know why remittances from Malaysia have nearly trebled in the past year?


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