Consultation on GCM calls for ensuring safe movement of migrants
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Labour migration experts at the National Consultation on Global Compact in Migration on Monday called for ensuring safe movement of migrant workers.

Putting restriction on female migration from Bangladesh might encourage the trafficking in women to the Middle East countries, they said.

Speaking at the consultation, they stressed the need for taking effective steps to make safe, orderly and responsible migration and gradually reduce problems to them.

Bangladesh Civil Society for Migration in collaboration with Migrants Forum in Asia organized the two day national consultation ended on Monday at the city’s CIRDAP auditorium.

Foreign affairs ministry’s secretary Md Shahidul Haque who was chief guest at the concluding session said that it was essential to ensure safe migration from Bangladesh to reduce incidence of trafficking.

He said that migrants were the centre point of global compact on migration and the protection of the human rights of all migrant were ensured by the GCM.

Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director Nurul Islam said that it was more essentials to make the female migrant aware of the problems and enable them by providing training to face the challenges.

WARBE Development Foundation secretary general Faruque Ahmed raised the plight of female migrants before the government functionaries and said that unless ensured protections, female migration should not be allowed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He also said that thousands of Bangladeshi workers were facing problems in Malaysia due to ongoing crackdown launched upon undocumented female workers there.

Replying to his question, Nurul Islam said that the Bangladeshi workers who had migrated to Malaysia in old lots were facing the crackdowns. Labourers recruited under G2G plus were not facing problems in Malaysia, he said.

BCSM co-chair Syed Saiful Haque who moderated the two sessions said that Bangladeshi workers should be sent abroad under Bilateral Agreements to fully protect their rights by laws.

Awaj Foundation’s director Anisur Rahman Khan said that database of the returnee migrants should be prepared by engaging with immigration department.

Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association director Sumaiya Islam called upon concerted all for taking united efforts to overcome the problems in migration sector.

Chief of mission of International Organization for Migration Giorgi Gigauri, ILO national programme officer Rahnuma Salam Khan, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation programme manager Nazia Haider, IOM project support officer Pravina Gurung, MFA representative Alexis Nadine Bautista and RMMRU director Mariana Sultana among others spoke at the concluding sessions.

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