Migrant rights activists on Tuesday urged the government to take steps to dispose of the migrant workers’ fraudulence and cheating cases in short possible time.
They called for taking joint efforts by the government and the private sectors to redress migration related grievances through arbitration.
They made the remarks while speaking at a workshop on ‘Ways to improve analysis, reporting and resolution of migration cheating and fraudulence cases’ organized by WARBE Development foundation at auditorium of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.
Senior government officials, migrant rights campaigners, migrant supportive lawyers, recruitment agents and media people took part discussion in the workshop.
Participants discussed on issues of Bangladeshi migrant workers being charged exorbitant cost of migration but paid low or non-payment of wages.
They were forced to do excessive works without payment of overtime and also denied communication with families. The migrants lodged complaints on physical and sexual abuses and other problems at workplaces.
In his presentation, WARBE DF consultant Aminul Hoque Tushar said that Bangladeshi male and female migrants were facing various problems in destinations. Through lodging the complaints at the grievance mechanism center, the migrant were getting benefits, he said.
WARBE DF chairman Syed Saiful Haque requested the participants for finding out the best mechanism to resolve the migrant workers cheating cases.
Presiding over the workshop, BMET director Nurul Islam said that they continued resolving the migrant workers’ cases lodged at the BMET complaint receiving cell.
BMET director for employment Atiqur Rahman said that huge numbers of workers have migrated overseas but they have received very few complaints.
WARBE DF director Jasiya Khatoon said the migrant workers became often victims of fraudulence as they were not aware about safe process of migration.
She stressed the need for strengthening coordination between ministries of foreign affairs and expatriate welfare to protect migrant workers.
Senior Statistician at BMET Masud Rana, Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agency secretary general Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman and BAIRA joint secretary Sazzad Hossain also spoke at the workshop.