Govt to bring back undocumented expatriate workers

Staff Correspondent | Published: 15:39, Feb 28,2018


State minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam on Wednesday said that the government would bring back undocumented workers who were detained or suffering jails in different countries to protect the country’s labour markets for other regular migrant workers.

‘There are more than a crore Bangladeshi workers employed abroad. We should not spoil the labour marker for few undocumented workers. We will bring back them,’ he said.

The state minister made the marks while speaking at ‘Consultation on Reflection on Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration’ organised by Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development at CIRDAP auditorium.

Speaking as chief guest, he said that the UAE government has opened its labour market for Bangladeshi domestic workers. The male and female domestic workers working in the UAE can be able to change workplace and employers, he said.

The professional physicians who were employed in UAE could extend their jobs, said Shariar.

About the recruitment of labourers, the state minister said that the UAE government would take workers from Bangladesh in phases. 

Chairman of Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development Md Israfil Alam who chaired and moderated the consultation said that it was essential to ensure that all migrants were enjoying their basic rights as human being.

Bangladesh as labour sending country has been greatly benefitted by remittances, he said.

He urged all concerned to play due role to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration from Bangladesh.

Members of the Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development Hosne Ara Lutfa Dalia MP, Roksana Yasmin Suty and Jebunnesa Afroz stressed the need for creating awareness among the migrants about zero migration cost for women workers

Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director general Salim Reza, WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque and foreign ministry’s DG Nahida Sobhan also spoke at the consultation.

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