Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam on Wednesday claimed the government has become successful to resume the Saudi Arabia, Malaysian markets because of fruitful diplomatic initiatives.
‘Bangladeshi workers are going to Japan, Korea and Malaysia with a lower migration cost,’ he said while speaking at the dialogue on Migration Diplomacy: Success, Limitation and way forward, organised by Debate for Democracy (DFD) in the city.
The minister said they fixed the maximum ceiling of migration cost to protect the interest of overseas job seekers.
Chairman of the parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development Israfil Alam MP, who attended the dialogue said that adoption of global compact for migration is likely not to be a legally binding instrument because of not participation of the United States in the process.
He said all of the countries including European Union have agreed to be a part of the compact recently except the US. Following not being a part of the US in the process the possibility of adoption of the compact as a legally binding instrument has become thin.
“But we will try our best to get the compact as a legal binding one until the last moment of its approval,” he added.
The Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration (GCM) is set to be finalised at the UN conference to be held in New York in September 2018.
If the agreement remains non-binding, it will not work properly to protect the interests of migrants. “We still are hopeful and work until the last moment to get the global compact as a binding agreement to help ensure safe, orderly and regular migration,” he said.
He also said Bangladesh should now put emphasis on quality migration not only on number to ensure dignified migration. “We all of us have to work to ensure quality and skilled migration,” he added.
Hassan Ahamed Chowdhury Kiron, chairman of the DFD moderated the programme.
Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) director general Salim Reza and senior officials, diplomats, among others spoke on the different issues of the countries migration sector there.
Former diplomat Humayun Kabir said employment opportunities have not increased simultaneously of economic development in the country. To address the joblessness issue, Bangladesh needs to emphasis skilled manpower.
There is a common perception in the globe about Bangladesh that it sends less-skill workers. The country has to be come out from this image, he added.