Wisdom of Life

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To improve migrants’ lives, implementing international commitments and developing partnerships is key

“Many times, civil society is present at the table but not really a true participant. Today, we own the space and need to make the most out of it.” With these words, civil society Co-Chair Stella Opoku-Owusu opened the Civil Society Day (CSD) at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit in Quito. “Today, we are here to be constructive, not destructive. I have great expectations and a strong hope that after our discussions,

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Nearly 5.5 lakh Bangladeshi migrants deported in 10yrs

Nearly 5.5 lakh Bangladeshi migrant workers were deported by different countries in the last 10 years, Shariful Hasan, head of Brac Migration Programme, said at a workshop today. Almost all of these migrant workers had become undocumented in the destination countries and travel pass was required for their return, Shariful said. He said the data was prepared based on statistics maintained by Prabashi Kalyan Desk, set at airports by Wage Earners Welfare

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Women workers need new opportunities, well-managed migration

By: Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan Women migrants from Bangladesh who are dominantly employed as domestic workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries frequently fall victim at the hands of their employers. The vulnerability to exploitations, physical and sexual abuses has now become the core issue that remains unaddressed while experts worry that Bangladesh should look elsewhere for better employment opportunities. A significant

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Women with poor skills exposed to abuse: Bikash Chowdhury Barua

Global Academy on Migration and Development director Bikash Chowdhury Barua said that lack of skills and poor access to information had made women vulnerable to abuse in a country, where they had gone for jobs. The situation had changed for the worse thanks to a group of traffickers, middlemen or agents, who took the advantage of poor economic conditions of those women at home, enticed them to a dream of better future and sent them abroad without

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Int’l Migrants Day Today: No ethical practice in recruitment

Bangladesh is far from practising ethical recruitment, which requires a zero-cost migration policy and transparency in the entire migration cycle, and also ensures that migrants do not face exploitation, according to researchers. They said Bangladeshi migrants pay the highest recruitment cost and get one of the lowest per capita wages due to unethical recruitment practices and low-level skills. According to a 2015 World Bank report, the average recruitment

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GFMD summit in Ecuador shifted to January

The 12th summit of the Global Forum on Migration and Development due in November has been rescheduled for January 20-24, it was announced on Friday. The venue, Quito, the capital city of the Republic Ecuador, would remain unchanged, said 2019 GFMD chair Ambassador Santiago Chavez. At the summit, Bangladesh would raise the migration policy issues recently adopted by the government for implementation of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular

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