500,000 migrant workers came back in 10 years: RMMRU

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Guests attend a discussion meeting organised by RMMRU ‘Trends in international immigration-2015: achievements and challenges’ at National Press Club in Dhaka on Sunday. — New Age photo

Guests attend a discussion meeting organised by RMMRU ‘Trends in international immigration-2015: achievements and challenges’ at National Press Club in Dhaka on Sunday. — New Age photo

Out of 55.05 lakh Bangladeshi workers who took jobs abroad in last 10 years, 4.95 lakh  came back home, a study  revealed Sunday.
The recent sample survey by Dhaka University’s Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation covered the households of the returnees.
Presenting the report at a news  conference, DU political science professor and founding chairperson of RMMRU Tasneem Siddiqui said that the study covered the migrant workers who returned to Bangladesh  over a year ago after working abroad for various terms.
She said that the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training keeps the data of outgoing workers alone.
She said that BMET has no data of how many of one crore Bangladeshi workers returned home after working overseas since 1976.
She called it a matter serious  concern over media reports that human traffickers found a new route to illegally send  Bangladeshi workers to the Sudan using tourist visas to take them to Libya.
Quoting the same reports, she said that some of the migrants end up in Greece and Macedonia to enter Europe.
She also presented the annual report of RMMRU, titled Patterns and Trends of Labour Migration 2015: Achievements and Challenges.
She said sending the unsuspecting workers to the Sudan and Libya would obviously raise concerns as neither of them need workers from abroad.
She urged the government to take action against the manpower brokers involved with such trafficking.
Tasneem said that from Libya the workers were made to board boats to cross the Mediterranean Sea on way to Europe taking the risks of life.
Quoting media reports she said that at least one MP in association with some of the elected local representatives were involved with human trafficking using sea routes.
She urged the government to  bring the perpetrators to justice.
Tasneem said the government needs strong commitment to stop all illegal migrations.
She blasted the government’s decision to lend Tk 300 crore from the migrant workers’ fund to the Probashi Kalyan Bank.

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