Letter To the Editor
Reduce migration cost, ensure workers’ rights
Remittance is the second largest source of foreign currency income of Bangladesh. Bangladesh is one of the leading countries those export manpower abroad, most of them are unskilled workers. It is a matter of worry that the cost of migration has been increased recently. Some one crore Bangladeshi migrants send home $15 billion a year, but the figure could have been $20 to $25 billion if all the remittance transactions were done through the formal channels. According to experts, migration cost goes up due to involvement of manpower brokers in several stages and visa trading. It eventually leads to forced labour and debt bondage in the destination countries. The migrants also face physical and psychological troubles.
Under such a reality, the UN late last year adopted the GCM, a non-legally binding global deal, aimed at better governing migration, ensuring migrant rights and well-being in the migration cycle. Bangladesh has already drafted a migration governance framework. But it is not properly implemented yet, and as a result the suffering if the workers has not been ended yet.