Migration experts have called for declaration of 2021-2030 as the decade of migration and migrants in Bangladesh suggesting to overcome challenges and ensure safe and sustainable movement of the workers.
The call came at the concluding session of the two-day long conference on ‘Transforming Challenges of Migration into Opportunity: Call for declaration of Migration Decade in Bangladesh.’
The conference was organized by Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit in collaboration with British Council’s Prokas Programme and UKAID at the BRAC Inn in the city.
Speaking as chief guest at the concluding session, former adviser of the caretaker government and the chairman of Power and Participation Research Centre Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman said that Bangladesh has been transforming itself from a poor country to a middle income nation.
‘The country receives annual remittance of $ 15 billion, which is main force of development,’ he said, adding that migrant workers should be entitled to have a their dignified life for the great contribution to the economy.
Manusher Jonno Foundation executive director Shaheen Anam said that labour migration has become more organized than it was 20 years ago.
She noted that RMMRU and other civil society organizations have played the significant roles in formulating different rules, policies and laws to take the sector ahead.
She also said that declaring a decade of migration would be rational as it would make the country’s policymakers and other stakeholders more time-bound.
Lawmaker Shirin Akhter, also member of parliamentarian caucus on migration and development said that she would take up the issue of migrants to the parliament and would lobby for declaration of the migration decade.
British Council’s PROKAS program team leader Jerry Fox gave vote of thanks at the concluding session.
DFID country representative Judith Herbertson, Nepal’ MP Deepak Bhatt, Philippines’s congressman Anicento John D. Bertiz, and Piyasiri Wickramasekara of Global Migration Policy Associates also spoke.
RMMRU founding chair Dr Tasneem Siddiqui and its executive director Dr CR Abrar moderated different sessions and highlighted importance of labour migration sector in Bangladesh.
They called upon the policy makers to declare the 2021-2030 as the migration decade in Bangladesh.