Dhaka seeks enhanced cooperation for safe migration


(UNB) – Bangladesh has sought an enhanced international cooperation and global governance of migration through adopting a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.

“We constantly advocate in favour of ethical recruitment, opening up of new legal pathways, responsible migration, decent work, protection of migrants’ rights, including that of their family members,”said Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen.

He said migration requires global response for better managing the phenomenon through better understanding, streamlining migration into respective national policies.

The Ambassador was addressing an event titled, ‘Demystifying migration: Launch of the World Migration Report 2018 and the Migration Governance Indicators’ held at the United Nations Headquarters, organised by International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday.

Bangladesh co-hosted the event along with Portugal, said the Bangladesh Mission on Tuesday.

Bringing the issue of forced displacement in the context of the Rohingya crisis, Momen said Bangladesh government, besides bilateral engagement with Myanmar to solve the problem, despite its resource scarcity has engaged its fullest strength to cope with the humanitarian needs at the ground in intensive partnership with other member states, relevant UN Agencies including IOM and other stakeholders.

“The robust role of IOM is praiseworthy,” he said.

Director General of IOM Ambassador William Lacy Swing was the keynote speaker of the event while Ambassador Momen and Permanent Representative of Portugal Ambassador Francisco Duarte Lopes delivered the welcome remarks.

During this event, the World Migration Report 2018 was launched and the Migration Governance Indicators of IOM were introduced.

Ambassador Momen mentioned that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina put special importance on reducing the trends of irregular and unsafe migration.

He quoted the Prime Minister from her message on this occasion: “The Global community must work together and in coordination to implement the rules and measures for countering human trafficking and lowering the recruitment costs for labor migration to a tolerable level.”