Migration experts have stressed the need for taking inclusive development interventions by the government to reduce the manmade and natural problems at rural and urban areas of Bangladesh.
They said that the creation of a sustainable cities required active engagement of established residents as well as new migrants.
They were speaking at a workshop on Safe and Sustainable Cities: The well being and security of Migrants’ organized by Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit in collaboration with other partners at CIRDAP auditorium.
The research findings of two recently completed studies on human security and well being of new migrants that were conducted by RMMRU and Exeter University in Chittagong and Sussex University and ICCAD in Dhaka were presented at the workshop
Planning Minister MA Mannan who attended the workshop said that ‘it is with this inclusive approach the current government is implementing its urban development policies.’
Professor Neil Adger of Exeter University, UK, in his keynote address underscored the need for formalizing livelihoods such as setting up of hawker market, providing education facilities and enforcing compulsory schooling of school age children, up skilling workers and implementing minimum wage, sanctioning corrupt and exploitative practices, improving communication and among various city authorities and raising awareness about the health and safety hazards of some behavours and practices of new migrants.
In her address, the Chair of the session Tasneem Siddiqui of RMMRU urged all concerned to acknowledge the contribution of new migrants and provide them with due facilities as city dwellers rather than treating them as threat to urban life.
In the inaugural session, the State Minister Enamur Rahman said that the current government is doing its best to provide education and health services to all industrial workers including those engaged in garments sector.
In his speech the representative of UNICEF in Bangladesh, Dara Jonstone stated the likelihood of child labour is double among those living in the slums. He underscored the need for upholding the rights of children in urban planning.
Among others, the chief town planner of Chittagong Development Authority, Shaheenul Islam Khan, Chief Assistant of the General Economic Division of the Planning Commission Shimul Sen, Architect, Kazi M. Arif, environmentalist Atique Rahman, Social Development Advisor of DFID, Anowarul Huque, ICCAD Director Saleemul Huq and Ricardo Safra de Campos of Exeter University participated the workshop.