State minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam on Wednesday said the United Arab Emirates has relaxed the restrictions on recruiting male and female domestic workers from Bangladeshi.
‘The male and female domestic workers working in the UAE can now change their jobs,’ he said referring to a recent UAE decision about Bangladeshi emigrants in that country.
He was speaking at the Consultation on Reflection on Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
Parliamentarians’ Caucus on Migration and Development organised the consultation at CIRDAP auditorium in Dhaka. Lawmakers, foreign and expatriates welfare ministry officials, civil society members, migrant rights activists and journalists took part in the discussion.
Shahriar Alam said the Global Compact for Migration should protect human rights of all migrants and also ensure their safe, orderly and regular migration to all potential labour markets.
He said the aspirant migrants should have the protection from all kinds of harassment of the middlemen through introducing ‘fair and ethical recruitment.’
Speaking as chief guest, the state minister said professional doctors, currently employed in the UAE, will be able to change and extend their jobs from now on.
‘In brief, the UAE will recruit workers from Bangladesh in phases,’ he said.
Shahriar also said that the government would bring back undocumented workers so that the regular migrant workers would not face any difficulty in foreign labour markets.
Chairman of Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development Md Israfil Alam, who chaired and moderated the consultation, said it was essential to ensure that all migrants were enjoying their basic human rights everywhere.
Bangladesh as labour exporting country had been greatly benefitted by remittances, so the country’s migrant workers should be protected from abuses and deprivations at destination countries, he said.
Israfil Alam also said the migrant caucus holds seminars and discussions in the country’s divisional- and district-level towns to create awareness about safe migration.
Members of the Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development Hosne Ara Lutfa Dalia MP, Roksana Yasmin Suty MP and Jebunnesa Afroz MP also spoke.
Foreign ministry’s director general Nahida Sobhan said though the Bangladesh government has frustrated knowing zero draft that was framed by representatives of Mexico and Switzerland with the global compact on migration non-binding.
WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque gave a reflection on civil society engagement on Global Compact of Migration.
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