RMMRU demands to declare the years 2020-2029 as decade of migration
Speakers at a national event on Sunday stressed for ensuring good governance in the migration sector to protect rights of migrant workers.
Out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 11 are in some way related with migrants, so it is essential to take effective initiative to ensure facilities of migrant workers, they added.
Issues such as Bangladesh losing its market to the Middle East, illegal migration, gaps between the recruiting agencies and the government, lack of transparency in use of wage earners fund - are negatively impacting the migration system, they said.
They urged the government to have a friendly attitude towards the sector, to help it flourish.
These experts and insiders were speaking at a national event titled “Obhibashon o Shonar Manush Shommilon 2019”, organized by Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) in Dhaka.
During the event, RMMRU founding chair Professor Dr Tasnim Siddiqui demanded that the government declare the years 2020-2029 as decade of migration, to help itself take short, mid and long-term actions to establish good governance in the sector.
The national event, organized for the fourth time, emphasized on establishing rights and dignity of migrant workers, ensuring overall good governance, and demanding effective role from service providing agencies.
As the chief guest of the concluding ceremony of the Shommilon, Planning Minister MA Mannan said Bangladesh today is the role model for development and the role of migrant workers behind the success is undeniable.
“Bangladeshi workers, particularly female workers, face problems in different countries, which is completely unacceptable. The government is working to increase facilities for workers and to remove systemic complications to help the sector flourish,” he added.
Earlier in the day, addressing a symposium on 'Migration and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals', former adviser to caretaker government and noted economist Hossain Zillur Rahman said Bangladesh is failing to properly honour migrant workers and improve their social well-being.
He stressed state efforts to look for new labour markets to achieve the goals set in SDG.
Transparency International Bangladesh Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman claimed about Tk15,000-Tk17,000 crore are laundered abroad annually because of lack of transparency in migration process.
Later on the day, a book named “Towards Transparency in Recruitment: Making Dalals Visible,” written by Dr Tasneem Siddiqui and RMMRU Executive Director and Dhaka University international relations Professor CR Abrar was unveiled at the event.
Eminent professionals from different sectors took part in different sessions of the day-long event.