The government has decided to ensure the country’s migrant worker harassment free departure and arrival at all international airports in Bangladesh.
The government has asked the all officials and staffs posted at the three International Airports in the country to offer ‘due respect, sympathetic behavior and respectful addressing’ to the migrant workers, said officials.
Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment state minister Imran Ahmad who has joined the cabinet newly would soon visit the international airports to monitor the activities to make the airport more migrant friendly, said senior officials.
EWOE ministry additional secretary Dr Ahmed Munirus Saleheen said that ‘Our new minister is very cordial to ensure all of the migrant workers going abroad and coming back home without facing any harassment at the airports.’
Over 12 million Bangladeshi migrant workers have been working in 165 countries across the world and of them, a good portion of female workers were employed as domestic workers in Middle East Countries.
A recent inter-ministerial meeting at Probashi Kalyan Bhaban presided over by EWOE Ministry secretary in charge Rownaq Jahan asked the concerned officials to take necessary actions to make the airports harassment free for migrant workers.
The meeting also decided to introduce separate immigration booths and queues for the migrant workers while departure and arrival at the international airports.
The welfare desks of the Wage Earners Welfare Board would be renovated to expedite welfare activities to the migrant worker at the airports.
All arrangements would be ensured at the airports so that the migrant workers on return could get their luggage without facing harassments, said officials.
Transport facilities would be upgraded to ensure that migrant workers on return would get back to their homes in safe and hassle free mood.
For female migrants, the welfare desks would extend facilities to the female migrants to communicate with their family members from airports, according to the government decisions.
Necessary measures would be taken to ensure that expatriate workers were not getting cheated at the airports, said the government decisions.
Migrant rights activists welcomed the government decision and demanded quick implementation of the programmes to protect the migrant workers who were contributing to the country’s economy by sending their hard earned remittances.
WARBE Development Foundation secretary general Faruque Ahmed said that such plans did not work out before.
He called for taking concerted efforts to play respective roles from their positions to implement the government decision and protect the rights of the migrant workers.
Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association director Sumiya Islam said that airport authorities should arrange ‘red carper reception’ for the migrant workers and provide them extra facilities so that they could bring more luggage than any tourist.