Workshop on ‘Understanding Migration Related SDGs, Targets and Its Implementation Strategies’ was held in the city on Wednesday with aim to make the labour migration sector sustainable, safe and responsible.
WARBE Development Foundation in collaboration with Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies and Bangladesh Ovibashi Adhikar Forum jointly organized the workshop at BAIRA Conference room.
Migrant rights activists and recruiting agencies who took part the workshop said that Bangladesh has already embraced the sustainable development goals and there was no doubt that the government and civil society were marching ahead to reach the various targets.
Member of Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development Roksana Yasmin Suti was present at the workshop as chief guest.
Speakers stressed the need for creating awareness among the migrant workers at the grassroots level to protect the migrants from cheating of the middlemen.
They also stressed need for working on basis of joint partnership of all stakeholders to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration from Bangladesh.
WARBE DF chairman Syed Sauful Haque who moderated the workshop said that as separate works could not bring positive result, so all stakeholders would have to work together to achieve the sustainable goals in migration.
He said that the migrant workers who were hugely contributing to the country’s economy were always being neglected.
Bangladesh Ovibashi Adhikar Forum chairman Nazmul Ahsan said that most of the migrants were coming from the country’s rural areas but they were frequently cheated by the middlemen.
The middlemen who cheat the migrant workers in disguise of recruiting agencies also blamed the recruiting agencies, he said.
BAIRA secretary general Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman said that recruiting agencies were taking part in the workshops organized by ILO to learn good practice of recruitment.
BAIRA president Benjir Ahmed inaugurated the workshop while WARBE DF director Jasiya Khatoon made her welcome address.