Punish illegal migrants tainting image, alongside traffickers: PM

Punish illegal migrants tainting image, alongside traffickers: PM

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Against the backdrop of movement of the migrant people to other countries from Bangladesh in an illegal way, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday put emphasis on bringing them under punishment for tarnishing the image of the country side by side with the middlemen involved in human trafficking.
“Side by side with the middlemen, punishment will have to be given against those who are moving from the country in illegal way …they are tainting the image of the country along with pushing their life into a danger,” she said.
“I think such an unlawful trend may be stopped if the fortune-seekers who are moving from the country in illegal way are punished side by side with the middlemen,” she said.The Prime Minister made the observation while addressing a meeting of the senior officials of the Labour and Employment Ministry at Bangladesh Secretariat here this morning. State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu delivered the welcome address.
The Prime Minister asked the Labour and Employment Ministry to carry out campaign on stopping the illegal migration and human trafficking.
“You will have to conduct publicity and campaign so that the migrant people don’t need to give money to the middlemen for going abroad in illegal way and doing this work, they are falling into traps,” she said.
The Prime Minister said those who are moving from the country by drifting in the sea have no idea where they are going. “Dead bodies are being found from the forests and jungles…it is very unfortunate,” she said.
Despite various government steps for sending Bangladeshi workers in legal way, she said, such kind of people are moving to an uncertain destination after giving a huge amount of money to the middlemen.
“It’s not true that everybody is moving in this way for want. They are in fact running after ‘golden deer’ as they think they would earn huge amount of money if they can go abroad,” she said.
The Prime Minister said such type of people are becoming ‘mentally sick’ while moving to other countries in illegal way in search of money. “They are dying or their life become uncertain,” she said.
“They could lead a better life if they do something through the money they are handing over to the middlemen for going abroad in illegal way,” she said.
Spelling out her government’s steps for the welfare of the expatriate Bangladeshi workers and the people who want to go abroad, the Prime Minister said her government has set up Probashi Kalyan Bank and Karmasangsthan Bank so that the people who want to go abroad don’t need to sell their land or property.
“Besides, the government has made arrangement for their training and registration so that they are not harassed while going or staying abroad,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina also mentioned her government’s measures for regularising 6.5 lakh illegal Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia and over eight lakh illegal labours in Saudi Arabia through fruitful discussion with the respective governments.
“The labour market in different countries including Malaysia reopened due to massive efforts of the Awami League government in 2012, while the harassment of the people who want to go abroad has been reduced to a great extent thanks to manpower export through ‘G2G’ process,” she said. – Bss

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