“Global GDP would be doubled if all those who wanted to migrate were able to migrate.” said state minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Md. Shhahriar Alam.
He emphasized that women’s right to migrate should be honoured by creating a safe migration environment. Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman, Former Adviser to the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh felt the time has come for internal migrants to receive the same policy attention as international migrants. Md. Shahidul Haque, Former Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh commended the research for bringing internal migration so strongly to the policy arena for the first time. Ms. Suzanne Muller, Acting Head of the Embassy of Switzerland stated that given the importance of migration in consumption smoothing and economic growth, among the bilateral donors, Switzerland is strongly committed to policy research on migration.
Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) presented the findings of a long running panel survey of over 6000 households, spanning 20 districts of Bangladesh. The workshop titled “Impact of Migration on Transformation to Sustainability: Poverty and Development in Bangladesh” was held at the Hotel InterContinental, Dhaka on Wednesday.
The research compared the economic sustainability of internal migrant, international migrant, and non-migrant households. It found that among these groups internal migrant households are best able to protect expenditure against adverse climate and health shocks.
The research was led by Dr. Tasneem Siddiqui, in collaboration with Dr. C. Rashaad Shabab of University of Sussex, Dr. Ananta Neelim of University of Tasmania and Md. Mahmudol Hasan Rocky of RMMRU.
Among others, Professor Mustafizur Rahman of CPD, Dr. Md. Habibur Rahman of Bangladesh Bank, Professor Atonu Rabbani of BRAC University, Md. Shahidul Alam, Director General of BMET, Dr. Nashid Rizwana Monir of Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare, and Professor Selim Raihan of University of Dhaka, and Ms. Tapati Saha of UN Women,` participated in the discussion.