Labour Migration Forum for Reviewing Overseas Employment Act

60-member-national labour migration forum created in light of overseas employment policy to work as an independent body to suggest the government to properly regulate overseas recruitment of workers from Bangladesh had its first meeting on Sunday.

Migrants’ organization, human rights activists, trade union, research organization, recruitment agents and civil society members who were members of the forum called for reviewing Overseas Employment and Migrants Act 2013 to enable the migrant workers getting benefits of the law.

Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment state minister Imran Ahmed discharged his duty as president and EWOE secretary in charge Rownaq Jahan worked as member secretary of the national labour migration forum at Probashi Kalyan Bhaban.

Speakers suggested the government establishing transparent recruitment process, rescuing female workers in distress, grooming skilled manpower and curbing migration cost to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration from Bangladesh.

EWOE state minister Imran Ahmed sought cooperation of all stakeholders to take the labour migration into a dignified position.

Renowned human rights activist and executive director of Ain O Salish Kendra Sheepa Hafiza said that immediate steps should be taken to rescue the women migrants facing problems and returning home in distress.

She suggested the EWOE ministry to form subcommittee of national labour migration forum to specifically work on the themes of the migration policy.

Global migration expert and WARBE Development Foundation Syed Saiful Haque urged the government to setup Terms of Reference for the national labour migration forum to quickly review the migration laws and policies.

He called for enhancing budgetary allocations for the ministry, to implement the Global Compact on Migration and recognize the skills of the returnee migrants. 

Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program chairman Shakirul Islam said that it was necessary to prepare migration governance guideline to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration.

BNSK executive director Sumaiya Islam said that government steps were necessary to help the traumatized male and female workers returning home from abroad.

President Centre for Women and Children Studies Ishrat Shamim said that the flow of migration and trafficking was getting mixed up and it should be checked.

BAIRA secretary general Shamim Ahmed Chowdhury Noman mentioned ensuring safe migration, reducing migration cost and enhancing skill to migrants as challenges of this sector.

 Wage Earners Welfare Board director general Gazi Mohammad Julhas, Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director general Salim Reza, Bangladesh Overseas Employment Service Limited managing director Maran Kumar Chakraborty, among others also spoke at the forum.

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