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‘Govt, private sector must work together to rehabilate migrants’

Published : 25 May 2022 09:02 PM

The country's public and private sector organizations have pledged to work together for the reintegration of Bangladeshis returning from abroad.

On Wednesday at a hotel in the capital, the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment and the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organized the first part of the 'Private Private Partnership for Reintegration in Bangladesh (PPP)'. . Minister for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmed was present on the occasion as the chief guest. More than 42 organizations signed the pledge.

Speaking as the chief guest, Imran Ahmed said, “My first task after taking charge was to bring all the stakeholders together. Maybe that's why we're at this stage today. It will never be possible for us to get together if we do things differently. That's why this public-private partnership system started and I hope it will succeed. Together we can do something for migrant workers.

He also thanked the partner European Return and Re-Integration Network (ERRIN) and the implementing agency ICMPD and the donor agency European Union for taking the initiative to create the first joint public-private platform in Bangladesh for the welfare of migrants from abroad. .

Sedef Deering, head of ICMPD's Silk Route Region, said Bangladeshi migrant workers were returning. This has happened because of Corona. Now the rate of return has decreased but many migrant workers have faced many difficult situations. Their first expectation is economic reunification.

Representatives of various governmental, non-governmental, domestic and international organizations, who were present on the occasion, expressed their willingness to work together for the successful reunification of Bangladeshis returning from abroad.

Other guests included Md. Shahidul Alam (NDC), Director General, Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training, Md. Hamidur Rahman, Director General, Wage Earners Welfare Board, Sedef Deering, Head, Silk Route Region, ICMPD Bangladesh Country Co-ordinator Captain (Retd.) Ikram Hossain was present.