Appeal to Protect Remittance Earners Worried About Migration In Pandemic

Remittance earners, driving force of the country's economy, become worried over their overseas migration amid the COVID-19 pandemic as they are frequently forced to face various problems at home and abroad.

The migrant workers who remain stranded in Bangladesh demand opening some Corona testing booths specifically for them as soon as possible so that they can test their covid-19 before their departures.

The designated corona testing centers to be strongly monitored by authorities concerned should provide authentic certificates of COVID-19 diagnosis to the expatriates. The certificate is very essential as they are barred flying if they are tested positive.

Regarding the issue, anxiety among thousands of remittance earners who are coming back from different countries, now stranded in Bangladesh due to corona pandemic is getting intensified day by day. They are being worried about their departure for the respective destinations.  

The migrant workers are looking forward to get response from the government hoping that it will free them from anxious condition.  

There are over 12 million Bangladeshi migrants who are employed in 170 countries across the world, according to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.

Annually the country’s migrants send remittance of US$ 18 billion keeping the economy vibrant, said Bangladesh Bank.

A migrant named Harun, is inhabitant of Bancharampur upazilla under Brahmanbaria district.

 He has returned from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 06, March, 2020. He is now passing days with anxiety as the time of his visa  get expired on  02 June, 2020.  He doesn't know whether he will be able to go to Saudi Arabia or not. 

Many returned migrants like Harun urged the government to take necessary measures with a view to solving the problem so that they can re-migrate to their respective destinations without facing any difficulties.

The government should right now take effective steps to ease and facilitate all sorts of service to the wage earners for the greater interest of the country's economy.  Otherwise, any untoward incidents may occur in this connection and may tarnish the image of country.

The overseas migration gets hampered resulting to severely affect the remittance sector.


Md Ziaur Rahman is a senior officer at a state-owned bank

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