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Speakers ask collaboration of ministries to resolve migration issue

  • Mahjabeen Khaled moderates the session
  • ‘MoEWOE can not alone solve the issues of migration’
Update : 20 Apr 2024, 09:24 PM

Speakers at a discussion have urged other ministries’ collaboration to resolve the migration issue.

They discussed the matter at a discussion between the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment’s (MoEWOE) Parliamentary Standing Committee and the Bangladesh Parliamentarians’ Caucus on Migration and Development at Hotel Bengal Blueberry, Gulshan, Dhaka, on April 1.

The WARBE Development Foundation, Secretariat of Parliamentarians’ Caucus on Migration and Development, arranged the meeting with the support of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Bangladesh Parliamentarians' Caucus on Migration and Development Secretary-General Mahjabeen Khaled moderated the session.

Rahnuma Salam Khan, national project manager at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in her initial speech, shared the reintegration experiences Bangladesh faced during the Covid-19 pandemic era. 

"Reintegration was a new phenomenon back then, but let's take it as a whole cycle of migration", she added: “The Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment can not alone solve the issues of migration. Others like the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Home, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development have to collaborate in this sector.”

The experiences and skills the returnee migrants bring to the country are valueless when they are not properly reintegrated into society, he added.

Tanvir Shakil Joy MP, chairman of the Bangladesh Parliamentarians' Caucus on Migration and Development, explained the importance of the caucus as it creates impacts not only to the national level, during the time of Covid-19, the caucus prevented foreign domestic workers from violence at making advocacy to the ambassadors and returning the workers back to the country.

Mahjabeen Khaled gave a brief presentation regarding the activities of both WARBE DF and the Caucus. “Although there is a national caucus on migration, mechanisms are being prepared to make a regional caucus in South and South East Asia”, pointing to the activities of the Caucus, she referred to a new mechanism. 

Syed Saiful Haque, chairman of WARBE Development Foundation, has described the necessity of political engagement for fairer labour migration. He explained how WARBE DF created space for political engagement in migratory issues, which benefited the overall implementation of policies in Bangladesh.

The interactive discussion has revealed many challenges. Bangladesh, as a labour-sending country, faces the highest cost of migration, with a difficult recruitment process and improper regulation of migrants and subagents. 

Gunjan Dallakoti, the ILO's head of Program in Bangladesh, prioritized the ILO's three programs for keeping the labour-sending economy in a better position.

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