Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad on Sunday lauded the Bangladesh Civil Society for Migrants for highlighting the plight of the Bangladeshi migrants before the UN Secretary General amid the Covid 19 pandemic.
BCSM, a network of 16 member migrant rights organizations, at end of April submitted a memorandum to the UNSG appealing his intervention to refrain the destination countries from sending back Bangladeshi migrant workers who were in irregular status there.
In a letter to BCSM Chair CR Abrar, the EWOE minister said that ‘migration benefits workers and both sending and receiving countries and the ensuring overall wellbeing of migrant workers requires effective partnership among all concern stakeholders.’
‘Particularly, the civil society dedicated to the cause of migration can play a vital role in ensuring the rights of migrant workers both at home and abroad. In this respect, the collective initiatives bringing some pertinent issues to the notice of the world’ highest intergovernmental forum by a number of NGOs under the banner of BCSM is surely commendable,’ the Minister said.
Imran Ahmad said that the government has taken various steps both at home and abroad to ensure welfare of the corona-hit migrant workers.
He said that his ministry would continue the efforts to work in close partnership with BCSM and other stakeholders on migration related issues.
On April 27, the BCSM emailed the memorandum to the UN headquarters in New York, USA and other relevant departments.
BSCM urged the UNSG to call upon international agencies such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and other development partners to create a global fund under the auspices of the United Nations to support the countries of origin in the rehabilitation of the returnee migrants.
BCSM member organizations include Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, WARBE Development Foundation, Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association, Manusher Jonno Foundation, Ain o Salish Kendra, BASUG, IMA Research Foundation, International Network of Alternative Financial Institutions, Bangladesh Construction and Wood Workers Federation, Young Power in Social Action, Bangladesh Ovibashi Adhikar Forum, BASTOB, Rights Jessore, Center for Development Communications DEVCOM Ltd, Films 4 Peace Foundation and Change Makers