Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said action should be taken against those who try to go abroad illegally side by side with the crackdown on human traffickers.
"Measures should be taken against those who are moving out of the country using illegal routes, including the middlemen who are tainting the image of the country abroad and pushing the migrants in harm's way," she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League President, said this while addressing a meeting of the senior officials of the Labour and Employment Ministry at the Secretariat on Sunday.
"I think such an unlawful trend can be stopped if the fortune-seekers are punished side by side with the middlemen," the Prime Minister added.
Sheikh Hasina urged the officials of the Ministry to carry out massive campaign against illegal migration and human trafficking.
"The Ministry has to conduct massive public campaigns so that the fortune seekers do not give money to the middlemen for going abroad illegally. Through this illegal migration they are falling into a trap," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said that it is very unfortunate that dead people are being recovered from forests and jungles abroad or drifting in the sea as they have no idea where they are going, she added.
Suggesting initiatives to stop people from going abroad illegally, the Prime Minister said, "The illegal migrants become 'mentally sick' while going to other countries in search of money. They could have led a comfortable life and engaged themselves in rewarding jobs here instead they are running after a 'golden deer' away from home," she said.
Spelling out her government's steps for the welfare of the expatriate Bangladeshi workers and the people who want to go abroad, the Prime Minister said, "The government has made arrangements for their training and registration so that they are not harassed while going or staying abroad."
Sheikh Hasina also described her government's impressive successes in socio-economic fronts including agriculture, education, health, economy, electricity, saying that her government has been striving to build Bangladesh as a dignified nation.
"The people of Bangladesh may be poor but they want to live with dignity keeping their heads high before the world community but the victorious Bangalee nation would never beg kindness of others," she said.
Stressing the need for enhancing training programmes to develop skilled manpower, the Prime Minister said steps will have to be taken to impart training in languages, work skills and the law of the land they want to go.
She also mentioned creation of self employment through distribution of collateral-free loans, national service guarantee scheme, information service activities in the rural areas, one-house one-farm project and expansion of vocational education.
Sheikh Hasina also mentioned her government's measures relating to welfare of the expatriate Bangladeshi workers and the people who want to go abroad.
The Prime Minister said that her government got 6.5 lakh illegal Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia and over eight lakh other illegal labours in Saudi Arabia regularised through fruitful discussion with the respective governments.
State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu delivered the welcome address.