Appeal to ensure rights of migrant workers

Speakers at a consultation called for protection of the basic rights of Bangladeshi migrant workers employed abroad and returned home.

Policy makers, migrant rights campaigners and civil society members made the call at a national consultation on Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration at the CIRDAP auditorium in the city on Saturday.

Speaking at the consultation, they observed that the labour recipient countries should be made aware to bring the migrant workers under their legal protection.

They also said that migrants who are vulnerable classes should have access to all rights at home under existing law of the land.

Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit organized the event under the banner of the Bangladesh Civil Society Coordination Committee on Migration, Development and Human Rights (BCSCC). The program was supported  by UKaid under its PROKAS project managed by British Council.

Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development chairman Israfil Alam said that Bangladeshi migrant workers who were scattered across the world were in vulnerable situation due to low skills and low income.

‘They consist of about five percent of the country’s population remain divided in many political and social groups,’ he said.

Israfil, a lawmaker, advocated for unity of the migrants to solve their own problems facing at the destination countries.

Expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry’s additional secretary Aminul Islam said that the European countries were forcing Bangladesh to bring back undocumented citizens from Europe.

RMMRU founding chair Tasneem Siddiqui said hindrance of free flow of regular migration would increase the irregular migration from any country of origins.

She said that migrants should not be considered as criminals or as they were not the threat to security of any country.

 WARBE development foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque, OKUP chairman Shakirul Islam and BOMSA director Sumaiya Islam also spoke at the consultation

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