Bangladeshi male workers are forced to pay up to Tk 700,000 for migrating to Lebanon under so called free visa, estimating it six times of the migration cost fixed by the government of Bangladesh.
Over one lakh domestic workers are currently employed in Lebanon and many of them are facing problems there but there is no shelter home for them.
Migration experts suggest Bangladesh government to immediately strengthen its mission in Lebanon to explore potential sectors for Bangladeshi male and female workers in Lebanon.
They also stressed the need for taking necessary steps to protect the rights of migrants from Bangladesh.
According to Bangladesh Embassy in Beirut, the government fixed migration cost of Tk 1,17,780 for Lebanon bound male worker while free cost for the female worker as employers pay the cost for recruiting housemaids.
Bangladesh civil society members visited Lebanon to attend the Diplomacy Training Program on Capacity Building for Promoting the Rights of Migrant Workers in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia held on 9- 13 April 2019 in Beirut.
They found that Bangladeshi male workers paid Tk seven lakh for Lebanese free visa.
Five day Diplomacy Training Program was hosted in partnership with Migrant Forum Asia (MFA) and Cross-Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants (CCRM), participated by migration experts from the GCC countries, the Middle East and Asia.
Film4peace foundation executive director Pervez Siddiqui who attended the DTP in Lebanon told Migration News that there were allegations of non-payment of the Bangladeshi domestic workers in Lebanon.
Referring to development agencies working in Lebanon, he said that Bangladesh mission extended hardly cooperation to realize the wages its migrants in the country.
Besides, he said that there was no visible activity of Bangladesh embassy in exploring jobs in hospitality sector now emerging in that country.
Awaj Foundation’s director for migration Anisur Rahman Khan who attended the DTP found a Bangladeshi male worker who paid Tk seven lakh for Lebanese job, according to his Facebook post.
WARBE Development Foundation director Jasiya Khatoon also participated in the DTP from Bangladesh.