Bangladesh Civil Society for Migration (BCSM) members had a maiden meeting with Bangladesh Parliamentarians’ Caucus on Migration and Development in Dhaka on Tuesday.
During the meeting, they have expressed grave concerns over rights violation of Bangladeshi female migrants in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.
They also expressed their concerns over emerging syndication centering Malaysian labour market and increasing the migration cost for the Bangladeshi workers.
They discussed the scope of BCSM’s collaboration with the caucus and set out a road map to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Global Compact for Migration (GCM) with upholding migrants’ rights.
Speaking as chief guest Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development chairman Israfil Alam MP said that Bangladeshi female workers were facing various problems in Saudi Arabia.
The female workers were frequently returning home as a victims of sexual abuse and other forms of exploitations, he said, adding that the government should immediately ensure their protections.
‘Without ensuring safety and security, female workers should not be sent to Saudi Arabia,’ said Israfil Alam, suggesting that dormitories should be opened in different locals in Saudi Arabia for the country’s female workers to stay night time with other domestic workers of Bangladesh.
About Malaysia, the lawmaker said that ‘there is no syndicate in others labour sending countries except in Bangladesh’ and the syndicate was interested to control the labour market and increase the migration cost of the poor migrants.
Caucus members Rezaul Karim Bablu MP and former MPs Adv Sohrab Uddin, Selina Jahan Lita, Rowshanara Yeasmin Suty and Jebunnesa Afroze among others were present at the meeting.
Dhaka University professor and founding chair of RMMRU presented keynote paper at the meeting and demanded protection of the female workers abroad.
BCSM chair and migration expert CR Abrar who moderated the meeting urged the lawmakers to take up the migrant workers’ issues inside the parliament.
Global migration expert and BCSM co-chair Syed Saiful Haque stressed the need strong collaboration among all stakeholders to implement SDGs and GCMs in the country.
British Council’s PROKAS head Gerry Fox among other head of the organizations took part in the discussion.
BCSM core members include Ain O Salish Kendra, BASUG Diaspora and Development, BCWWF, Bangladesh Ovibashi Mohila Sramik Association, BRAC, IMA Research Foundation, INAFI Bangladesh, Manusher Jonno Foundation, Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program, Refugee amd Migratory Movements Research Unit, WARBE Development Foundation.
BCSM members displayed the publications at the meeting