Meeting to find ways to deepen cooperation for migrants’ welfare
Bangladesh and Switzerland are set to hold a bilateral talk on migration in Dhaka on Wednesday, aiming to further deepen the cooperation between the two countries in this sector.
This is the first such meeting between Dhaka and Berne on migration, which is a vital source of revenue for Bangladesh.
A Swiss delegation led by Ambassador Vincenzo Mascioli, director international cooperation at the State Secretariat for Migration, Federal Department of Justice and Police in Switzerland, will arrive in Dhaka on Tuesday on a three-day visit.
Officials concerned said Switzerland funds some projects that support Bangladeshi migrants, and tomorrow’s meeting will try to explore new avenues to extend the ongoing support.
“It is a routine meeting. Both sides will talk about the migration issues from bilateral, regional and global perspective,” a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Dhaka Tribune on Monday.
In reply to a question, he said: “Based on my long experience in dealing with Europe, I can say that there is no irregular Bangladeshi living in Switzerland.”
A press statement issued by the Swiss embassy in Dhaka said the objective of this meeting is to discuss bilateral cooperation in the area of migration, as well as to exchange views on the regional and multilateral processes related to labour migration.
Labour migration, particularly to the Gulf region, is an important instrument for Bangladesh to address the growing need for employment and job creation in the country. Nevertheless, the migrant workers sometimes are faced with complex challenges both at home and in their countries of employment.
Switzerland is working with Bangladesh at local, national and global levels to facilitate a safer migration experience for the migrant workers.
Following the meeting, the visiting Swiss delegation will travel to Narsingdi on Thursday to visit the Return and Reintegration Project of Migrant Workers in Bangladesh, which is implemented by Brac and co-funded by Switzerland and Denmark.
The project aims to make reintegration economically and socially sustainable for returnee migrants, so they don’t feel obliged to re-migrate.
The team will also meet representatives of the Bangladeshi civil society, diplomatic community and development agencies during the visit.