Md Israfil Alam, MP, chairman, Bangladesh Parliamentarians’ Caucus on Migration and Development called for forging multilateral partnership to stop visa trading in some of the labour recruiting countries.
Speaking at the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goal in New York on Wednesday Israfil stressed on the need to develop human rights based and gender-responsive bilateral, regional and multilateral labour mobility agreements in keeping with the ILO standards to improve situation for the migrant workers.
He emphasized on the need for ethical recruitment of migrant workers to end the unholy role of middlemen though they are not recognized by the migration related laws and the policies.
‘But they often obstruct ethical and transparent recruitment, enhance cost of migration, and add to the vulnerabilities of low skilled and semiskilled workers.
Israfil said that to achieve the SDG 8.8 it was important to ensure accountability of the middlemen.
In line with Global Compact on Migration, he called upon the authorities to prohibit confiscation or non consensual retention of work contracts, travel documents by recruiters, employers or middlemen.
‘This can deprive migrants to fully exercise their human rights including their freedom of movement and free association.’
The international community, he said, had the collective responsibility to protect all migrants.
On domestic front, he said that Bangladesh government put enormous efforts to upgrade its law. It had been revised in 2013. The exercise created more synergies with SDG target 8.8 and adherence to ILO standard.
Caucus member Mahjabeen Khaled MP and global migration expert and WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque are also attending the UN session.
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