Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Thursday asked the potential migrant workers to avoid illegal channels to go to their destinations for their own safety and to shrink human smuggling channels.
He came up with the comment during a dinner party hosted by the Bangladesh embassy in Mexico at a restaurant in Quito of Ecuador on Wednesday after Bangladeshi expatriates in the Latin American country informed him that there were some incidents where Bangladeshi workers were found dead in the forests of Ecuador while trying to illegally migrate to the United States.
Allured by the rackets of trans-national smugglers, migrants often take risky routes to reach US-Mexico border to enter the USA.
Momen said that the illegal mobility of people was creating image problems for Bangladesh and such mobility should be stopped.
He also said that in last few years, many Bangladeshi citizens left the country without informing the government and many of them had drowned in the Mediterranean sea.
‘It is the time for the Bangladeshi migrants to avoid such risky route,’ he said, adding that the economy of Bangladesh was improving day by day and many could get find better jobs in the country.
‘About six lakh IT freelance professionals are doing global jobs staying in Bangladesh,’ he said adding that in future Bangladeshi workers would not need to move to abroad for economic reasons.
The foreign minister further said that the government was strongly discouraging illegal migration.
He, however, said that the government would extend all out cooperation to Bangladeshi expatriates so that they would get their legal documents, including renewed passports.
Bangladesh community leader in Ecuador Sultan Ahmed said that Bangladeshi migrants were frequently falling victims of smugglings in the country.
Bangladesh Ambassador Supradip Chakma made the welcome address at the dinner party, attended among others by parliamentarians’ caucus on migration and development chairman Israfil Alam, caucus members Shameem Haider Patuary and Mahjabeen Khaled.
Later on Thursday, Abdul Momen had a bilateral meeting with the viceminister for foreign trade of Ecuador, Diego Caicedo, at Quito.
During the meeting, both the ministers discussed ways to further strengthen the existing bilateral relations, said Bangladesh officials.
Momen mentioned that the Bangladesh government was currently prioritising on economic diplomacy and apprised of the products and services from Bangladesh especially garments, pharmaceuticals and skilled and educated human resources which could be of use for Ecuador.
They also discussed the prospect of extending bilateral trade relation through bilateral agreements and through membership in the regional trade organisations of common membership.
Foreign minister is visiting Ecuador to attend the conference of Global Forum on Migration and Development that began on January 21.
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