Speakers at a divisional knowledge sharing workshop on Monday underscored the need for taking concerted efforts of all stakeholders to ensure safe, orderly and responsible migration from Bangladesh.
Migrant rights campaigners, civil society members and the government officials made their observations while speaking at the opinion exchange meeting at the deputy commissioner office in Mymensingh.
They emphasized taking effective measures for protection of the rights of migrant workers who have been contributing to the country’s development by sending hard earned remittances back home.
Parliamentarians Caucus on Migration and Development in collaboration with WARBE Development Foundation and Bangladesh Ovibashi Adhikar Forum organized the meeting.
Chairman of Parliamentarians Caucus on Migration and Development Md Israfil Alam MP spoke at the function as the chief guest.
Since its inception on March 31, 2017, Israfil Alam said that the parliamentarians’ caucus has been organizing programmes at divisional and national level in a bid to create awareness and protect rights of the migrant workers as well as promote safe, orderly and responsible migration.
The caucus members have been taking parts into various international forums on migration and development to share their voices, he said.
Migrant rights organizer and WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque made keynote presentation at the discussion and mentioned push and pull factors of the labour migrations.
Besides, he said that the middlemen who were strongly involved with the overseas recruitment process often cheating the migrant workers should be brought them under legal framework.
WARBE Development Foundation secretary general Faruque Ahmed urged the members of the parliamentarian caucus to present burning issues of high migration cost and sufferings of the migrants before the national parliament to inform issues the countrymen and find out solutions from the government’s topmost level.
‘If migration cost is cut down, many problems of the migrants will be solved automatically,’ he believed.
Referring to activities of recruiting agencies, Faruque Ahmed, also a returnee migrant turned a rights activist, said that most of the country’s recruiting agencies were not playing their due roles, rather they were doing ‘middlemen jobs’ that were keeping migration cost high.
Bangladesh Ovibashi Adhikar Forum chairman Nazmul Ahsan among other senior officials at the district spoke at the discussion.
In his speech, Mymensingh Deputy Commissioner Khalilur Rahman put emphasis on taking care of the migrant workers and their family members considering their contribution to the national economy while Superintendent of Police Syed Nurul Islam encouraged the victims taking helps of Bangladesh police by lodging their complaints.
Representatives of over a dozen of local non government organizations, including Trinamul Unnyan Sangtha, Social Development Organization, Shahshi Foundation, Samaj Unnoyan o Proshikkan Kendra, Mohila Somaj Kalyan Samity and BRAC regional office, took part in the meeting.