Migrant workers’ well-being highlighted to mark International Migrants Day

Azlan Othman

Issues and measures relating to migrant workers were highlighted at the International Migrants Day gathering held by Bangladesh High Commission at Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club in Brunei Darussalam yesterday.

First Secretary (Welfare and Labour) at Bangladesh High Commission in the country Jelal Hossain called for migrant workers to be protected and not be exploited by unscrupulous agents.

The workers must be skilled to avoid trouble and exploitation which could lead to tremendous psychological stress. Their welfare is important and if not well accepted, they could engage in criminal activities.

“Migration is a dynamic and delicate issue that creates symbiotic ties. Foreign workers migrate for better jobs and better living. They seek honest work to send money to their homeland,” Jelal added.

Solid efforts to improve their livelihood and safety issues were highlighted, such as wearing safety gears. “Enforcement and compliance of law is important to protect their welfare as well as curb labour and human trafficking.”

There was also call for the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with recruitment agencies to protect the well-being of foreign workers.

Bangladesh High Commissioner-Designate Nahidsa Rahman Shumona (C) with other ambassadors and high commissioners at the event. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN