Migration experts on Monday stressed the need for creating mass awareness about safe migration aimed to protect the country’s prospective migrant workers from getting cheated by the brokers who were involved in recruitment process.
Speaking at a workshop, migrant rights campaigners, academics, lawyers and representatives from the government and non-government organizations emphasized sending more skilled workers abroad to earn more remittance and get fewer problems.
The workshop was organized by Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association with support of PROKAS program of British Council, at the Bureau of Manpower, employment and training.
The speakers called upon the government to take special interventions for the women migrant workers who were facing problems at home and abroad.
Speaking as special guest, BMET additional director general KM Ruhul Amin said that the government has been holding seminars at each district and upazila to create awareness about safe migration.
Senior officials from BMET and expat welfare ministry were assigned to take part in the seminars and disseminate information, he said.
Parliamentarians’ Caucus on Migration and Development chairman Israfil Alam MP who was speaking as chief guest, said that manpower section has been playing significant role in Bangladesh.
‘The state must take responsibility to protect migrant workers,’ he said, adding that ‘We have to send workers abroad after making them skilled at home so that they can earn more.’
Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Tapos Kanti Baul said that female migrant workers were sending most of their remittance back home and greatly contributing to the national economy.
‘So we need to take care of them and ensure their dignity,’ he said.
American Solidarity Center’s senior program officer Dr Lily Gomes said that information of safe migration should be reached to the country’s remote areas from where migrant workers were going abroad.
‘Local union parishad chairmen and members should be involved for disseminating the information,’ she said.
Lily Gomes suggested the authorities concerned for ensuring safe, orderly and regular migration from Bangladesh through creating massive awareness at everywhere in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Mohila Parishad President Ayesha Siddika Khanam said that women workers should be properly trained on cooking and food habits of the recipient countries to reduce their problems.
Concerned ministries should work together to ensure safe migration from Bangladesh, she said.
Centre for Women and Children Studies’ president Ishrat Shamim said that mass awareness could be only solution of the problems in migration sector.
BOMSA programme director Farida Yeasmin moderated the workshop while Researchers Asif Munier and Deena Nargis presented shared two research findings on ‘Situation Analysis for women Migrants workers (Market, policy, and gap analysis)’ and the ‘Role of Middle man on women Migration in Bangladesh’ at the workshop.
British Council’s PROKAS programme team leader Jerry Fox, WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Siful Haque, BOMSA chairman Lily Jahan, BOMSA secretary general Sheikh Rumana and RMMRU program director Marina Sultana also spoke.