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Inter-country commission to stop illegal migration urged

Inter-country commission to stop illegal migration urged

Refugee and Migratory Movement Research Unit (RMMRU), a Dhaka University institute, on Saturday recommended the creation of an inter-country commission for taking effective actions to stop illegal migration from Bangladesh to Malaysia via Thailand.
The research unit came up with the recommendation at a press conference. titled ‘Illegal Migration via Sea Route and Implement of Migration Act 2013’, at the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka.Speaking at the press conference, RMMRU chairman Prof Tasneem Siddique noted that an international criminal syndicate of pirates of Andaman and Thailand border, and illegal brokers of Malaysia are strongly connected with Bangladeshi brokers and traffickers.
“A joint inter-country commission should be established to take joint actions against illegal migration via sea route as Bangladesh alone is not liable for illegal migration in the region,” she said.
A RMMRU research found that the best season for illegal migration and human trafficking is October-January as the sea stays calm during time of the year.
So, the traffickers and illegal brokers become desperate to collect people at that time and the major targeted districts are Jessore, Khulna, Rangpur, Dinajpur, Rajshahi, Kurigram, Bogra, Sirajganj, Satkhira and Natore, she added.
According to a UNHCR’s report on ‘Irregular Maritime Movements (January-June, 2014), at least 87,000 people illegally migrated from Bangladesh to Thailand-Malaysia using sea route since 2012.
The UNHCR’s report also claimed that 53,000 people went to Thailand-Malaysia using sea route last year which is 61 percent higher than the number of people reported to have migrated to those countries in 2012. – UNB