Labour migration experts on Tuesday stressed the need for highlighting positive contribution migrant workers making in their origin and destination countries.
Speaking at the UN network on migration meeting, they said that the portrayal of positive stories could help countering negative narratives on the labour migration.
Across the world, migrants face prejudice, intolerance and stigmatization in their workplaces and communities, they said, adding that negative public narratives lead to abuse and exploitation, and challenge social cohesion.
Migrants’ rights campaigners, representatives of international organizations and media made the remarks while speaking at the meeting at ILO country office in the capital.
The UN network on migration meeting was organized by International Labour Organization in light of the principles of Global Compact on Migration.
ILO country director in Bangladesh Tuomo Poutiainen opened the technical working group meeting held with participation of senior officials from UN Migration Network in Bangladesh and also participants from local civil society and non-government organization.
NR Mushfika Laiju, who is leading a research on ‘Empowerment of Women Migrants’ under Bangladesh Nari Sramik Kendra told the meeting that female workers were making better contribution to their left behind families.
In primary assessment of the ongoing study, she found that most of the female migrants who returned from Saudi Arabia, Oman and Lebanon were very interested to re-migrate abroad.
‘Asked about abuses and other problems, the returnee female migrant workers said that they did not face bad experience,’ she pointed out.
In open discussion, ILO national project coordinator Suraia Banu said that more positive stories should be published by media for smooth movement of female migrants.
‘We should not stop movement of female migration,’ she said.
BNSK executive director Sumaiya Islam who was selected co-chair through votes at the meeting said that female migration should not be stopped.
She said that protection mechanism should be strengthened abroad to reduce the problems of the female migrant workers.
New Age journalist Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan made a PowerPoint presentation on Labour Migration Abroad- Media Perspective at the meeting while Arafat Ara, journalist of Financial Express shared her experience over the issue.
ILO chief technical advisor Laetitia Weibel Roberts moderated the working group sessions, also addressed by Rob Stoelman from UNDP office in Dhaka, Syed Saiful Haque from WARBE Development Foundation, Rahnuma Salam Khan from ILO, Shariful Hassan from BRAC migration programme, Sarwat Binte Islam of Manusher Jonno Foundation, Suprya Shahneaz of OKUP, Mahdy Hassan from UNDOC and Tapati Saha from UNWOMEN .