Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit and Winrock International jointly launched SafeStep, a mobile application for supporting safe migration, on Thursday.
It was launched at a virtual event in Dhaka with participation from experts and stakeholders from home and abroad, according to a press release.
Shamim Haider Patwary, chair of the Parliamentarians’ Caucus on Migration and Development, Bangladesh, emphasised on making the app inclusive by linking it to a website for serving more information to the migrant people.
As a representative of the recruiting agencies, Shamim Ahmed Chowdhury Noman, former secretary general of BAIRA, said that Bangladesh embassies needed to be aware of the app and the app must have acceptance in destination countries.
Digitalisation in the entire migration sector will reduce many problems that is why the integrated initiative is required to ensure migrants’ rights, he said.
Technical and vocational education and training specialist Nurul Islam said that easy access, more trails and massive dissemination of the application could be an effective way to reach the doorstep of the migrant community.
National Human Rights Commission member Kamal Uddin Ahmed said proper co-ordination among embassies, employers, agencies and governments were necessary to reduce harassment of the migrant workers.
Winrock International country representative Mesbahul Alam, RMMRU senior fellow Md Obaidul Haque and Sung In Marshal, associate director of Elevate Hong Kong Holdings Limited also spoke on the occasion.
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