The Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Ministry for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment yesterday recommended the formation of specialised insurance companies to ensure expatriates are insured before leaving the country.
“Our labourers become victims of many accidents abroad and many even die there. After such incidents, the victims’ families fall into trouble. If the labourers have insurance, then they will be secure, and that's why the committee recommended this,” Mahjabin Morshed, a committee member, told the Dhaka Tribune.
The recommendation was made at a standing committee meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the aforementioned ministry at the parliament.
Praising the initiative, Welfare Association for the Rights of Bangladesh Immigrants Chairman Saiful Huq said, “It is a very positive step. We have been discussing this issue for a long time, and we hope the ministry will implement this recommendation soon.”
Huq said labourers of Philippines, Mexico and India are under such insurance coverage and recently Nepal also took the same initiative.
Mahjabin also said the committee recommended the ministry take this initiative to legalise the illegal migrants in Malaysia.
“Illegal labourers in Malaysia lead an inhuman life there. The committee recommended taking this initiative to legalise them,” she said.
According to the committee’s press release, the committee has discussed the issue of manpower export in Malaysia through the G2G process.
The meeting also discussed the committee’s recommendation to ensure the security of female labourers before sending them abroad, and not only sending them as housemaids but training them in other areas.