Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies(BAIRA) leaders on Tuesday said that they were forced to send female workers to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through they were losing their interest in the female migration amidst complaints of abuses and violations in the destination.
They made the remarks while speaking at the ‘Consultation Meeting with BAIRA on Ethical Recruitment Bangladesh Indicatives’ at its office conference room in the city.
It was organized by Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association with the support of PROKAS Programme of British Council.
BAIRA leaders also said that that the recruiting agencies were losing huge amount of money in repatriating the female migrant workers from the Arab country as they complained of many problems.
Speaking as chief guest, BAIRA president Benjir Ahmed said that many members of the association were facing problems in sending the female workers abroad.
‘We need to sit in with three or four ministries to solve our problems,’ he said, adding that bureaucratic problems from the recruitment process must be removed.
BAIRA joint secretary general Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman said that ‘We are forced to send female workers to get more visas of male workers from the KSA.’
He called upon the government of Bangladesh to work with the destination countries to ensure protection of the female workers abroad or take steps to stop female migration.
Noman, also proprietor of Sadia International, said that outgoing migrant workers who were going abroad maintaining all legal procedures, the government must be responsible to solve their problems facing abroad.
BOMSA director Sumaiya Islam who moderated the consultation said that the middlemen in the recruitment process were creating problems, so they should be brought under legal frame works.
She said that due to lack of awareness, migrant workers were getting cheated by the middlemen and brokers who were mostly relatives of the migrant workers.
Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director Nurul Islam who presented keynote paper at the consultation said that Hong Kong has become a good destination for Bangladeshi female workers, who were not facing any violence there.
He requested the recruiting agencies to send more female workers to Hong Kong so that they could face less tension in female migration.
Reaz Overseas proprietor Reaz-ul-Islam said that though female workers were being sent abroad at free of cost, the middlemen were cheating the migrants of charging extra money.
Returnee migrant Lucky Akter from Narsindi said that she went to Oman three years ago with help of broker and she had to pay Tk 30,000 for her migration. After one year working in Oman, she returned home, she said, adding that over load of works forced her to return home.
Aspirant migrant Sharmin Akhter of Munshiganj told the consultation that her maternal uncle took Tk 12,000 for making passport and also demanded more money for sending her to KSA.
BOMSA chairperson Lily Jahan and general secretary Sheikh Rumana, among others attended the consultation.