Immediate Supports Needed for Families of Migrants

Awaj Foundation, a migrant rights organization, has appealed to the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment ministry to provide immediate supports for the left behind families of the migrant workers amid the corona pandemic situation.

Submitting a letter to EWOE minister Imran Ahmad on Tuesday, the organization said that the migrant families who were dependent on the remittance inflows have been hit hard and getting out of food security due to lack of their remittances.

‘As middle class family, they are being deprived from getting the government assistances,’ said the letter signed by Awaj Foundation’s executive director Nazma Akter and its director for migration Anisur Rahman Khan.

The organization demanded creation special fund for the migrants and their families left behind at home to enable them overcoming the COVID-19 crisis.

It also demanded taking immediate steps for rehabilitation of returnee migrants and quick repatriation of the stranded migrants.

The letter has been copied to director general of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training and Wage Earners Welfare Board.

In the post COVID-19 situation, the government should take steps to rearrange jobs for the jobless migrant workers, it said.

‘Steps should be taken to train the returnee migrants to help them engaging with socio-economic development,’ it said, adding that positive social environment should be created for migrants and their families.

The organization suggested strengthening welfare wings of Bangladesh missions abroad to expedite the welfare activities among the distressed migrants at destination countries.

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