The Cabinet has approved, in principle, the draft of Expatriates' Welfare Board Act 2017 with the provision to provide support particularly to female migrants.
The draft law was approved in the regular meeting of the Cabinet at Bangladesh Secretariat on Monday, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in chair.
The aim of the welfare board is to provide legal, financial and administrative support to Bangladeshi migrants, said Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam.
“The board will take initiative to raise funds to provide the financial support,” he said during a press briefing following the meeting.
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The special provision is aimed at providing support to female migrant workers if or when they face sexual harassment, physical assault, or any form of abuse, he added.
The secretary of the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment will be nominated as the chairman of the board, the cabinet secretary said.
“The board will also set up briefing centres for migrant workers to educate them about the laws, way of life and other crucial information about different countries.”
The draft law has been formulated in line with the UN convention on protection of the rights of all migrant workers and members of their families, he said.