Migration experts on Monday asked the government to take effective steps to ensure orderly migration and ensure safety of ‘our workers in the host countries’.
Speaking on the last day of a two-day national consultation on Global Compact on Migration, they demanded a gradual reduction of problems for Bangladeshi workers, particularly the females among them abroad.
Bangladesh Civil Society for Migration in collaboration with Migrants Forum in Asia organized the national consultation at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital.
Speaking as the chief guest at the concluding session foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque said that it was essential to ensure safe migration from Bangladesh to reduce trafficking.
He described migrants as the central point of the Global Compact on Migration seeking protection of human rights of all the migrants.
He said that the Global Compact on Migration would be adopted by all the countries in December.
Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director Nurul Islam said that it was more essential to make female migrants aware about the problems they could face abroad.
He also underlined the need to train and motivate female workers to face the challenges they could face abroad.
WARBE Development Foundation secretary general Faruque Ahmed raised the problems faced by ‘our female workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.’
He said that the government should not allow female workers to proceed to the KSA without ensuring their safety.
He also said that thousands of Bangladeshi workers were facing crackdown after becoming undocumented.
BCSM co-chair Syed Saiful Haque who moderated both the sessions on Monday said that Bangladeshi workers should be sent abroad under the cover of bilateral agreements to ensure their full safety and protect their rights.
Awaj Foundation’s director Anisur Rahman Khan demanded the creation of a database of the returnee migrants with support from the Department of Immigration.
Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association director Sumaiya Islam demanded n concerted and united efforts by the government and the other stake holders for resolving the problems in the migration sector.
International Organization for Migration’s chief of mission in Bangladesh Giorgi Gigauri, ILO national programme officer Rahnuma Salam Khan, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation programme manager Nazia Haider, IOM project support officer Pravina Gurung, MFA representative Alexis Nadine Bautista and RMMRU director Mariana Sultana also spoke at the concluding day’s sessions.
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