Parliamentarians’ Caucus on Migration and Development's chairman Israfil Alam, MP, has called upon the government to send the migrant workers abroad after protection of their rights and dignity as human being.
‘We have to consider migrant workers as human being, not commodity,’ he said while speaking at a coordination meeting with the Parliamentarian Caucus members at a city hotel on Tuesday evening.
About migration of the country’s domestic workers, he said that their safety and security must be ensured before allowing them migrating abroad.
The noted lawmaker said that the country’s large number of female migrant workers had been facing various problems at the countries of destination, especially in the Middle East.
Referring to the Lebanon-Bangladesh recruitment of female workers, he said that before sending ‘our female workers’ abroad their security and safety must be ensured.
Israfil Alam stressed the need for taking ‘political will’ to solve the problems in the migration sector in local, national, regional and global level.
He also stressed the need on immediate implementation of Global Compact on Migration to facilitate the safe, orderly and regular migration from Bangladesh.
Caucus member Aroma Dutta, MP, in her statement stressed the need for upgrading the country’s technical training centres to groom skilled manpower for overseas jobs.
In her short speech, former MP and Caucus member Mahjabeen Khaled emphasized on ‘active participation’ of the lawmakers to take migration caucus activities much ahead.
Caucus members Rezaul Karim Bablu MP, Shamsun Nahar MP, Roksana Yasmin Suty (ex-MP) and Jebunnesa Afroz (ex-MP) were present at the coordination meeting.
The parliamentarians’ caucus members decided to immediately sit with the relevant ministries of expatriates welfare and overseas employment, home affairs and foreign affairs to help ensure safe migration and protect rights of the migrants.
WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque requested the caucus members to expedite their activities at national, regional and global level.
Migrant rights activists, trade unionists, journalists and member of civil society organizations were present at the meeting.