Bangladesh government is keen to implement the Global Compact for Migration, which would be adopted by the high-level inter-governmental meeting of the UN member states on December 10-11 in Marrakesh to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration.
Expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry officials attending the three-day summit of the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Marrakesh, Morocco told New Age that they would take necessary actions at home to streamline the labour migration.
Participants including representatives of civil society organizations, government delegates of UN member countries attended the 11th Global Forum in Marrakesh, jointly organized by the governments of Morocco and the Federal Republic of Germany as its co-chairs.
Overseas employment ministry secretary in charge Rownaq Jahan said that recruitment process would be made more transparent to protect the country’s migrant workers from falling victim to the middlemen’s plot.
She said that they were working on a process to bring the middlemen under legal framework to make them accountable.
‘We are also talking to the manpower recruitment agencies for ensuring fair recruitment process,’ said the secretary in charge.
Migrant rights activists and trade union leaders who attended the summits appreciated the government’s commitment to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration.
WARBE Development Foundation Chair Syed Saiful Haque said that a National Action Plan should have to be prepared to adopt and implement the safe, orderly and regular migration at the national level in Bangladesh.
He called for ensuring migrant workers’ participation in the network of the working committee who will monitor and implement programmes to this end.
Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program chairman Shakirul said that the government’s intention of implementing the Global Compact Migration objectives could lead to a sequence of steps towards a safe, orderly and regular migration.
Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit director Marina Sultana called for proper implementation of action plans framed by International Organisation for Migration and engaging civil society organizations to implement the objectives at national level.
Bangladeshi trade unionist and founder of the AWAJ Foundation Nazma Akter said if the brokers were brought under legal framework, the recruitment system would benefit the migrant workers.
British Council’s PROKAS programme’s Shirin Sultana Lira said that International Organisation for Migration should be made more responsive to monitor implementation of national action plans on migration.
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