On 10 May 2017, IID held its 11th Policy Breakfast on implementing fairer labour migration. The discussion mainly focused on the key challenges in achieving fairer migration process, and minimising the labour migration cost.
Notable participants in the policy breakfast included the Additional Secretary of Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Jabed Ahmed, founding chair of RMMRU, Dr. Tasneem Siddique, IOM’s Chief of Party, Abdus Sattor and MP Roksana Yasmin Suty.
The participants discussed several issues pertaining to fairer labour migration, such as system loss associated with migration, lack of proper implementation of the regulations, and more importantly, the existence of intermediaries. The participants also suggested ways in which intermediaries can be brought within the regulation system to reduce illegalities and discrepancies with migrants. Also, migration cost is subject to the skill of labours; migrants who are skilled pay comparatively less than unskilled migrants.
The Additional Secretary of MEOEW expressed a keen interest in strengthening the migration process, and encouraged all participants to provide suggestions to do so.