BD-Swiss talks on labour migration starts today
Bangladesh and Switzerland will discuss labour migration issue tomorrow (Wednesday), the first of its kind between the two countries.
The meeting will discuss bilateral cooperation in the area of migration as well as exchange views on the regional and multilateral processes related to labour migration, said the Swiss Embassy in Dhaka.
A Swiss delegation led by Ambassador Vincenzo Mascioli, Director International Cooperation, State Secretariat for Migration, Federal Department of Justice and Police of Switzerland will also attend the meeting. He will arrive in the capital today (Tuesday) on a two- day visit.
Labour migration (particularly to the Gulf region) is an important instrument for Bangladesh to address the growing needs for employment and job creation, the press release said.
Experts feel that there is a need to refer to the specific problems faced by women migrant workers in relation to sexual harassment, night work, and maternity protection. The ILO brief on gender sensitivity in labour migration related agreements and MoUs and the OSCE guide on gender sensitive migration policies propose two types of provisions to benefit female migrant workers: a) general good practices that have a positive impact on women, such as protective provisions in sectors not covered by national labour laws (agriculture, domestic work); and b) gender-specific provisions (gender impact assessments; gender-specific, non-discrimination and rights-based clauses to promote gender equality).
Switzerland is working with Bangladesh at local, national and global levels to facilitate a safer migration experience for the migrant workers.
The Swiss delegation will travel to Narsingdi district on September 12 to visit the Return and Reintegration Project of Migrant Workers in Bangladesh, which is implemented by BRAC and co-funded by Switzerland and Denmark.
The project aims to make reintegration economically and socially sustainable for returnee migrants, so that they do not feel obliged to re-migrate.
The Swiss delegation will also meet with the representatives of the Bangladeshi civil society, diplomatic community and development agencies during their visit to Bangladesh.