Iran to send 6,000 laborers overseas
Azadi Tower, Tehran (Source: Wikimedia/Nima Moghaddam)
Some 6,000 Iranian laborers will be sent overseas in the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21, IRNA quoted Iranian deputy labor minister Khalil Sadeqinia as saying.
The workers will be sent to Turkey, Iraq, Australia, Canada, and some European countries, he noted.
Some 1,000 workers were sent to other countries in the past Iranian calendar year, he added.
He urged the private sector to boost activities to send workers abroad as there are no sanction targeted at the private sector.
The nation’s working population was 25 million in the past Iranian calendar year, according to the Statistical Center of Iran.
The administration had pledged to create 2.5 million jobs in the past (calendar) year.
In April, the International Monetary Fund said Iran's economy should emerge from a recession caused by Western sanctions over its nuclear program, but not until 2014, a year later than previously forecast, Reuters reported.
The international body forecast unemployment in Iran would rise to 13.4 percent this year and 14.7 percent in 2014 from 12.5 percent in 2012.
But the IMF also predicted GDP would resume expanding in 2014, at a pace of 1.1 percent. This suggests the economy will be able to find domestic sources of demand to at least partly compensate for its damaged export industries.