BRAC has provided the emergency cash support of Tk 3 crore to 7,250 migrant workers who recently returned home after losing their jobs due to corona virus pandemic at the destination countries.
The largest international development organisation provided the financial support among the returnee migrants who had been selected from different districts and upazilas through coordination with local administration and field officials of the organization, said BRAC officials.
Apart from its own finance, the BRAC extended the support with partnership with Royal Danish Embassy, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Prottasha project, Children Investment Fund Foundation and BRAC, UK, they said.
Attending as chief guest at virtual meeting on Thursday, Dr Ahmed Munirus Saleheen, secretary of the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment, inaugurated the money distribution programme.
In his speech, Dr Munirus Saleheen highly lauded the role of BRAC for the financial support and he also urged the BAIRA and other organizations to follow the noble deeds.
The EWOE ministry’s secretary stressed the need for forging partnership with government and non-government organizations to collectively address the challenges of COVID-19 impact in the migration sector.
Deputy chief of mission of Danish Embassy in Dhaka Rafika Hyta who joined the virtual meeting from Copenhagen, said that many thousands of Bangladeshi migrant workers started to return home since onslaught of COVID-19 pandemic.
‘In this emergency situation, the BRAC proposed us for help for the returnee migrants,’ she said, adding that BRAC proved its competence implementing the project.
KAM Morshed, senior director of BRAC, said that his organization extended the humanitarian support to the country’s migrants showing its gratitude to their contribution.
BRAC migration programme head Shariful Hasan moderated the virtual sessions and made a power point presentation about current migration scenario.