Maldives requested to regularize undocumented B’deshi migrants

Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment ministry’s secretary in charge Namita Halder on Tuesday requested the Maldivian government to regularize undocumented Bangladesh workers employed in Maldives.

The request was made when Maldives High Commissioner in Dhaka Aishath Shaan Shakir had a meeting with her at Probashi Kalyan Bhaban.

Namita Halder through the diplomat requested her government (Maldives) to recruit sector wise skilled workers from Bangladesh under ‘legal recruitment channels.’

 The EWOE ministry’s secretary informed that the government has fixed migration cost for 16 countries including Maldives to send workers abroad to achieve targets 10.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Namita Halder also drew attention of the Maldives envoy for rescheduling the Joint Working Groups committee as the Memorandum of Understanding between Bangladesh and Maldives has already expired, said officials who attended the meeting.

During the meeting, the Maldives envoy said that Bangladeshi workers were hardworking, honest and sincere and the Maldivians liked to recruit them.

He also informed that most of foreign workers in Maldives were Bangladeshis.

Aishath Shaan Shakir also said that her government has been working out to recruit foreign workers in legal channels and by this way Bangladeshis would be benefitted.

 EWOE ministry’s additional secretary Aminul Islam, Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director general Salim Reza and Bangladesh Overseas Employment and Services Limited managing director Maran Kumar Chakraborty, among others, were present.

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