Members of CGCM (CSOs for Global Commitments on Migration) on Wednesday had a meeting with the newly appointed Bangladesh Ambassador to Jordan - Nahida Sobhan at her office in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During the meeting the CGCM members who accompanied with a number of returnee and aspirant women migrants to Jordan sought support of the Ambassador in improving the consulate services for migrant workers, according to a press release.
The migrant workers shared a number of ideas with the new Ambassador of Bangladesh. The ideas included arranging regular gatherings or social events for migrant workers, ensuring migrant friendly services and easy access to the embassy for migrant workers. The ambassador assured them that the doors of the embassy in Jordan would remain open for the migrant worker.
During a lively two- way discussion, Nahida Sobhan listened carefully to the suggestions of migrant workers and their experiences and viewed that ‘it is not the sole responsibility of the government but also of the migrant workers to seek and demand the government services proactively.’
She advised the workers to carefully go through their contracts, complete the BMET training properly and use the regular pathways for migration. Upon following the regular migration pathway, government will take on the responsibility of the worker's security in destination countries- mentioned the Ambassador.
One behalf of the CGCM representatives, Sumaiya Islam, Executive director of BNSK (Bangladesh Nari Sromik Kendra) requested the Ambassador for extending consular service even for Bangladeshi irregular migrants.
Shakirul Islam, Chairperson, OKUP (Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program) suggested formalizing the referral system for complaint handling between the embassy and CSOs.
Syeed Ahamed, CEO, IID shared the idea of a migrant-friendly Model Consulate. The Ambassador appreciated the idea and requested the representatives to share the framework of the Model Consulate with her.
After the meeting BNSK ED Sumaiya Islam told this correspondent that 11 returnee women migrants and some aspirant migrants from the BNSK participated in the meeting with the Ambassador.
They shared the framework of the Model Consulate, which was supported by British Council and UKAID, she said.