Author Archive of Kawsar

New trafficking route to Europe via Togo!

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan A group of Bangladeshi nationals were trafficked to the West African country of Togo by air, lured by their possible entry to Italy in Europe, according to victims and rights activists. Organised rackets, including Bangladeshis and foreign nationals, were involved with the trafficking of the Bangladeshis, they said. At least four Bangladeshis were recently rescued in Lome, the capital city of the African country. They were

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Refugee Relocation: Don’t undermine or misinterpret genuine efforts

Govt tells UN, int’l community, hopes they will join the process The government has urged all not to undermine or misinterpret its genuine efforts to improve the lives of Rohingya refugees through their ongoing relocation to Bhasan Char. It relocated 1,642 Rohingyas to the island in the Bay of Bengal under Noakhali's Hatiya upazila yesterday. The UN said that it has limited information and has not been involved in the relocation exercise, while

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Remittance crosses US $2b in November too

For the fourth time this year, Bangladeshis expatriates have sent remittance of over US $2 billion, despite the global economic fallout due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The amount of remittance sent by expatriates in the just-concluded November was US $2,078.74 million, which is 33.63 percent up from the same period last year. In November last year, it was US $1,555.23 million. Migrant workers remitted $2.11 billion in October this year, which was much

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Pandemic-Hit Overseas Job: Returnees see bleak future

2.72 lakh returned in 7 months; govt efforts for their economic reintegration fail to yield expected outcome After years of struggle, Mostakim Alam landed a job at a digital printing shop in Kuwait as a computer operator. With earnings of Tk 1.20 lakh a month, all was going well. Then came the novel coronavirus, bringing with it a sudden and impactful cascade of disruptions to his life. Losing the job, he eventually returned home in May from the

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Have we forgotten the Bangladeshis trapped in Velika Kladusa?

Desperation, uncertainties, and the exploitation of the vulnerable By: Tasneem Tayeb If someone looks up Velika Kladusa on Pinterest, they'll find lovely photos of the town and its beautiful landscape. Pretty as it may be, this little known town, in the far northwest of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been in the news in the recent past for all the wrong reasons. Hundreds of migrants hoping to make their fortune in rich European countries such as Italy

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BCSM seeks help for Bangladeshis stranded at Croatia-Bosnia border

Bangladesh Civil Society for Migrants today expressed grave concern at the wretched condition of several hundred Bangladeshis stranded in different locations near the Croatia-Bosnia border. In a statement, BCSM, a platform of leading civil society organisations in Bangladesh working on migration, urged the Bosnian government to provide food, shelter, and emergency medical services to protect them from the coronavirus pandemic and the cold weather.

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BASUG urges PM to protect stranded Bangladeshis in Bosnia and Croatia

Netherland based Bangladeshi Diaspora organization BASUG has urged the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to immediately take up matter  of stranded Bangladeshis with the government of Bosnia and Croatia and provide them with food, shelter and medicare, particularly at this critical pandemic period. “As a guardian of migrant workers who make enormous contributions to the national exchequer, we are convinced that your timely intervention to protect these

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Look beyond GDP numbers to understand people’s wellbeing Prof. Wahiduddin Mahmud says

The economic indicators such as GDP growth are important to assess the economic advancement of a nation. But economists and policymakers should come out of the obsession of using gross domestic product numbers and focus on the figures that people can see and relate to their lives, said two noted economists. "Economic development means an improvement in the standards of living and it is a matter of feeling. This is something that can be visible and

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Overworked, unpaid and abused, Bangladeshi women return from Middle East

Thousands of Bangladeshi women migrants, most of whom were employed in Middle Eastern countries as domestic workers, have been hit hard by the impact of COVID-19. Many of them have lost their jobs and were forced to return home without wages. Several of them have also been abused during the pandemic. Over 17,000 women migrants have already returned to Bangladesh amid the pandemic and many of them complain of forced return, deportation and non-payment

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Waste to energy or incineration Work’s for Europe, will it work for Bangladesh?

MUNICIPAL solid waste or garbage generation is increasing with rapidly increasing urban population in developing countries. Sustainable waste management is a major challenge for mega cities like Dhaka with 20 million people and smaller cities. The availability of land for building waste management systems (landfills, composting, recycling, and/or waste to energy) can constrain the decision making. However, we need to pay special attention to availability

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