Workshop on National Plan of Action for Bangladesh Ovibashi Adhikar Forum in the Light of Migration Laws and Policies has been held in Dhaka on Wednesday.
WARBE Development Foundation, in collaboration with BOAF, organized the workshop at the city’s Hotel De Castle Limited.
The main objectives of the workshop are to develop a National Plan of Action for BOAF to promote safe migration process, regular channels and reduce migration cost, understand the present socio-demographic and economic situation of the targeted migrant households and communities and develop ways through which other stakeholders can support implementation of- and coordination with – the plan of action of BOAF.
Migrant rights activists, members and representatives from national and international organizations who attended the workshop stressed the need for preparing database of the returnee migrant workers for initiating reintegration programmes for them.
Speaking at the workshop, BOAF adviser and WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque said that the government should take immediate steps to prepare the database of the returnee migrant workers as the data of the returnee migrant were necessary before taking any programme for them.
National Programme Officer of International Labour Organization Rahnuma Salam Khan who elaborately presented the points of the national plan of action said that though data management was very essential and it has been discussed over last 10 years.
‘The authority once started initiatives of the preparing the database of the returnee migrants but the process did not sustain,’ she said.
Rahnuma, also a deputy secretary of the government, said that it was very necessary to create awareness among the migrant workers by the civil society organizations on the pre-migration stage not on the pre-departure stage to actually benefit the migrants.
In his welcome address, BOAF secretary general Faruqe Ahmed said that his organization has been working at the grassroots level and creating awareness among the migrant workers.
BOAF already had awareness meetings at all divisional headquarters and exchanged views with officials, local NGOs and migrant workers aimed to create mass awareness about safe, orderly and regular migration.
WARBE director Jasiya Khatoon and WARBE consultant Aminul Hoque Tushar conducted the group works among the participants.