BCSM Leaders Acclaim New Expatriate Welfare Secretary

Bangladesh Civil Society for Migration (BCSM) leaders and representatives of partner organizations had meeting with newly joined secretary of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment ministry Salim Reza at his office on Sunday.

During the meeting, they urged the new secretary to take his dynamic steps to overcome current challenges on the manpower issues as he had vast knowledge over the sector.

They highly commended the new EWOE secretary for his previous role on the labour migration sector.

‘Right man is in the right place,’ they wished, saying that the EWOE secretary has spent most of his important professional time by dealing the issues of migrant workers of Bangladesh.  

Salim Reza had previously worked as director general, additional director general and director (Immigration) of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.

He had also worked as a labour attaché at the Bangladesh mission in Kuwait.

The BCSM delegation members wished the EWOE secretary offering with a flower bouquet and exchanged views on the current labour migration issues.

They also informed that they would extend their cooperation to the government for ensuring safe, orderly and regular migration from Bangladesh.

Expressing his happiness for greeting, the EWOE ministry secretary sought cooperation of all stakeholders concerned for taking the migration sector ahead.

The delegation members included BCSM chairperson Dr CR Abrar, also coordinator of Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) of Dhaka University, BCSM co-chair Syed Saiful Haque, also chairman of WARBE Development Foundation, RMMRU director Marina Sultana, WARBE DF director Jasiya Khatoon, IBP manager and gender and social inclusion advisor of PROKAS of British Council Shirin Lira and IID chief executive Sayeed Ahmad.

Labour migration sector is facing major challenges stopping visa trading, reducing migration cost and harassment as well as bringing middlemen under the legal framework.

Besides, the country’s migrant workers especially women domestic workers are suffering problems abroad and many of them are coming back home.

According to the BMET over 1.2 crore Bangladeshi workers have migrated to over 168 countries since 1976.

Over five lakh workers migrate to foreign countries annually. Migrant workers remit $15 billion annually, officials said.

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