Male workers’ high migration cost main challenge for Bangladesh

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 00:00, Oct 23,2019


Male workers’ high migration cost remains a big challenge for the government, senior officials and migration experts said Tuesday.

Speaking in the Pre-GFMD national consultations on Gender-Responsive Sustainable Approaches to Human Mobility, officials said that the government had taken steps to reduce the migration costs for the male workers.

The event was jointly organized by the Institute of Informatics and Development and Bangladesh Nari Sromik Kendra with support from PROKAS Programme of the British Council at Probashi

Kalyan Bhaban. 

The Global Forum on Migration and Development Summit is the largest annual policy discussions on migration to shape the global discourse on human mobility.

Speaking as the chief guest, expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry secretary Salim Reza said that the creation of a comprehensive database of  aspirant migrant workers and migrant workers skill development were top priorities of the government under its initiative for reducing the cost of migration.

He requested the stakeholders to extend their cooperation  to the government in ensuring  safe, orderly, regular and low cost migration from Bangladesh.

UN Women country representative Shoko Ishikawa said that priority should be given to ensure that women migrants voices were  reflected in global forums.

She called for steps to protect the rights of the female migrant workers.

She said that the female migrants’ physical and psychological cost should be considered while sending them at zero migration costs.

 British Council’s PROKAS Programme’ team leader Jerry Fox said that ‘We are working with the government to ensure that the workers get all the information before they migrate.’

EWOE ministry additional secretary Ahmed Munirus Saleheen stressed the need for the stakeholders to forge partnership to implement the global compact for migration and  sustainable development goals.

Foreign ministry director general Nazrul Islam, IOM chief of mission Giorgi Gigauri, WARBE Development Foundation chief Syed Saiful Haque, ILO chief technical adviser Laetitia Weibel Robert, PROKAS program’s Shirin Lira, IOM head of migration governance Shahreen Munir, OKUP executive director Omar Farique Chowdhury, UN Women’s program analyst Tapati Saha, Daily Star journalist Porimol Palma, Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan of New Age and Arafat Ara of Financial Express spoke as panelists.

BNSK executive director Sumaiya Islam made the concluding remarks at the consultations moderated by IID chief executive Sayeed Ahamad.

The consultations were held on the themes of GFMD 2019 on ‘Sustainable Approaches to Human Mobility: Upholding the Rights, Strengthening the State Agency and Advancing Development through partnerships and collective action.’

Contextual and gender-responsive issues were highlighted at the pre-GFMD tripartite consultations.

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