Parliamentarians Caucus on Migration and Development underscored the need for ensuring quality in overseas employment rather than quantity as little skilled workers’ migration could earn more remittances than the huge migration of unskilled workers could.
They strongly emphasized on protection and utilization of the database of the migrant workers to make oversea migration more sustainable and sophisticated manner.
The lawmakers made their remarks and observations while speaking at ‘Dialogue of Parliamentarians on Present Migration Situation and Challenges’ held at a city hotel on Friday night. Migrants’ rights campaigners, civil society members and trade union leaders took part in the discussion
Speaking as chief guest , Parliamentarians Caucus on Migration and Development chairman Md Israfil Alam MP said that ‘I am no happy to see huge migration of workers, rather I want to see little three lakh workers migrate abroad but they are working in good condition without facing harassment and problems.’
He also said that more skilled workers should be sent abroad as they could earn more remittance and also could overcome problems themselves.
Describing migrants as human being, Israfil Alam also said that it should be ensured that 100 per cent workers were getting their wages properly and their migration has taken place in safely and orderly manner.
About database, Caucus chairman said that database of the migrant workers must be saved anyhow from any conspiracy of its destruction.
Member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment ministry Md Ayeen Uddin MP said that mere 2.5 lakh skilled workers could better earns than 10 lakh unskilled workers. ‘So ensuring quality in overseas migration is very necessary.’
He said that as the migrant workers were facing many problems in different countries, so country-specific problems should be solved to ensure sustainable overseas migration.
Ayeen Uddin said that immediate steps should be taken to properly utilize the database of migrant workers who had enlisted their names with it from all parts of the country.
Hosne Ara Lutfa Dalia MP who is also member of the Parliamentarians Caucus on Migration and Development said that the migrant workers were the country’s human resources who were scattered across the world.
Apart from protecting rights of migrant workers, she stressed the need for making database of the migrants’ families left behind at home to ensure their rights by the government.
WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque lauded the role of parlimentarians caucus on migration and development as it has been playing its significant role at home and abroad to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration.
Bangladesh Ovibashi Odhikar Forum chairman Nazmul Ahsan demanded making full database of the cheated migrant workers for their rehabilitation by the government.