Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad on Wednesday admitted that middlemen involved in the recruitment process increased the cost of migration.
He said that the government has taken a stern stance against the brokers who were cheating migrant workers in the name of arranging their jobs abroad.
The minister made the remarks while speaking at the Stakeholder Consultation on the Methodology SDG 10.7.1 on Recruitment Cost, organized by International Labour Organization at the BMET conference room.
Imran Ahmad said that the cost of migration multiplied due to involvement of the middlemen in the recruitment process.
He said that the migrant workers were not able to repay the high cost of migration even after two or three years of doing jobs abroad.
The minister called upon all concerned to come up with positive steps to reduce the migration cost.
He noted that the government has already taken various steps to cut migration cost and launched awareness campaigns across the country about safe, orderly and regular migration.
BMET director general Salim Reza, Foreign Ministry director general Nazrul Islam, Swiss ambassador in Bangladesh Suzanne Muller and ILO country director Tuomo Potiainen also spoke at the consultation.
ILO national programme officer Rahnuma Salam Khan moderated the session.