Migrant rights campaigners on Sunday accused the government of failing to recognize the plight of housemaids returning to Bangladesh as victims of abuse in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Speaking at a ‘National Consultation on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration’ at CIRDAP auditorium, they said that the government also was not providing any financial assistance from the funds of the Wage Earners’ Welfare Board to the victims of abuse.
They also said that the Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry did not have a clear picture about labour migration from Bangladesh.
The EWOE Ministry failed to identify problems faced by women workers abroad, they said.
Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit director Marina Sultana who moderated the inaugural session said that the consultations aimed at protecting and promoting the rights of t migrant workers and recognizing their contributions.
Bangladesh Civil Society for Migration, in collaboration with the Migrant Forum in Asia, organized the two-day consultations.
Speaking as chief guest, co-chair of parliamentarians caucus on migration and development Hosne Ara Lutfa Dalia, MP said that migrant workers must get united to realize their rights.
‘They should keep away from being divided according to party lines,’ she said, adding that it was essential to collect the data of returnee migrants for addressing their issues.
BCSM co-chair and WARBE Development Foundation’s chairman Syed Saiful Haque said that it was responsibility of the government to enforce the laws and policies to protect migrant workers’ rights and interests.
In his keynote paper, Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program chairman Shakirul Islam said that the Sustainable Development Goal 10.7 stipulates safe, orderly and responsible migration.
Alexis Nadine Bautista of Migrant Forum in Asia gave the welcome address while WARBE Development Foundation director Jasiya Khatoon presented a keynote paper on Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
Manusher Jonna Foundation’s senior programme manager Sarwat Binte Islam said that basic rights of all migrant workers, both g documented and undocumented and trafficking victims must be protected by GCM with due emphasis.
Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association director Sumaiya Islam said that the marginalized people must be made aware about safe migration.
Farhad Al Karim of BRAC migration Programme said that abused female workers were returning home almost every day from KSA.
He urged the government to ensure quality migration and send female workers only after ensuring their security in host countries.
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