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Hosts and migrants should be considered in migration policies

  • Published at 11:56 pm October 22nd, 2019
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Participants at a session of the 'Annual National Conference on Urban Resilience to Climate Change 2019,' at IAB in Dhaka on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Dr Nishat blamed unplanned migration for the increasing number of slums in the city

Making policies on migration should be a holistic approach, focusing on both  hosts and migrants, said speakers at a conference yesterday. 

“It is important for the migrant community to adjust with the host community. Also, it is important to keep the host community in mind while making policies about migration,” said Dr Ainun Nishat, professor emeritus at Brac University, speaking at the “Annual National Conference on Urban Resilience to Climate Change 2019,” at the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) in Dhaka yesterday.

Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) and International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) jointly organized the event.

Dr Nishat blamed unplanned migration for the increasing number of slums in the city. 

“Building good governance is the strongest way to avoid any conflicts between migrants and the host community,” he said.  

Shedding light on countries dealing with migration issues, he said Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, set a good example when it comes to settling migrants. 

“It is a good move that Chancellor Angela Merkel settled the migrants in different parts of Germany instead of putting them up together at one place,” he said.

Addressing a session, Satkhira municipality Mayor Tazkin Ahmed said low cost climate resilient housing models could be a way out to protect migrant communities. 

More than 100 climate resilient houses have been built in Satkhira, he said, adding that more government and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) should collaborate to build more houses in Satkhira.

Hasina Mushrofa, program head of the Brac Urban Development Program, said partnership and networking, with national and global leaders and institutions to learn and adapt proven approaches and tools, could be a way to solve migrant related issues.

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