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Migrant crisis: EU calls emergency talks

The European Union has called emergency talks on tackling the bloc’s escalating migration crisis. The EU presidency said interior ministers from all 28 member states would hold an extraordinary meeting on 14 September, and the crisis had reached “unprecedented proportions”. It follows a week that saw hundreds more people drown in the Mediterranean and 71 die in a lorry in ... Read More »

Bangladeshis’ boat capsize death toll off Libya might rise to 24

Eighteen more Bangladesh nationals are feared dead in two Europe-bound boats capsize in the Mediterranean. Six have already been declared dead. The chargé d’affaires Mozammel Haque of the Bangladesh embassy in Tripoli, is being run from Tunisia due to conflict in Libya, over the tragedy and keeping contacts about the tragedy. “The rescued Bangladeshis at the Libyan detention centres told ... Read More »

8 Bangladeshis among the hundereds dead in boat capsize off Libya

Eight Bangladesh nationals, including two children, were among those died after two boats carrying about 500 migrants sank off Libya, said an official on Friday night. “The death toll is so far eight,” Counsellor (labour), Bangladesh Embassy to Libya, now situated in Tunisia, Ashraful Islam told journalists over phone from  Libya. He, however, said they have not seen any body ... Read More »

Libya boats capsize off Zuwara carrying hundreds

Hundreds of people are feared dead after two boats carrying up to 500 migrants capsized off the Libyan city of Zuwara, residents and officials say. The first boat, which signalled for help early on Thursday, had nearly 50 people on board. The second overcrowded boat, which sank much later, had about 400 passengers. Officials said about 201 people had been ... Read More »

A record 4,400 migrants rescued on the Mediterranean in a single day

By Gillian Mohney At least 4,400 migrants were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday, breaking the record for the number of rescues made in a single day, according to the Italian Coast Guard. A variety of international vessels, including ships from the Italian Coast Guard, Irish Navy, and Norwegian Navy, joined in the rescue effort, carrying out 22 different ... Read More »

Qatar’s Labour City ready to house 50,000 workers

DOHA: The Gulf region’s largest and most modern complex of labour camps, Labour City, located in the Industrial Area here, which can accommodate tens of thousands of workers is ready for renting out its premises to interested companies. The City, spread over an area of more than a million square metres, consists of 64 buildings, each with four floors. Each ... Read More »

Bahrain cracks down on undocumented foreign labour

By Islam Al Zaini The government of Bahrain has launched a crackdown on undocumented  migrant workers, effectively giving them the option to correct their residency status. The initiative comes as the country reels under an economic crisis due to ballooning budget deficit and low oil revenues. Osama bin Abdullah Al-Absi, CEO of the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA), told Zawya-TR ... Read More »

Awami League activists getting Asylum as opposition workers

From New York Office The ruling party of Bangladesh Awami League Activists in United States of America from Bangladesh, are getting asylum by using opposition party documents. They are using fake identities as members of Banglades’s  main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) and the third position party of Bangladesh Jamat e Islami to facilitate their application of political asylum. It ... Read More »

Expats can change jobs after serving double the contract term

An expatriate will be allowed to transfer his/her sponsorship after spending a period that is twice the employment duration mentioned in the contract with the current employer, or after a 10-year period in case of open contracts with the approval of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA), according to latest amendments and recommendations of the Advisory Council’s Internal ... Read More »

Rohingya problem persists, Bd envoy briefs US congressman

Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Mohammad Ziauddin has said Bangladesh is always proactive with Myanmar to repatriate Rohingya refugees and stop further influx but unfortunately the resolution of the problem is still awaited. The Ambassador said the systematic push-on of the Rohingya Muslims also contributed to the illegal trespass through the Bay of Bengal. The issue came up for ... Read More »

Beyond the climate refugee: Migration as adaptation

Misconceptions about climate-induced migration could lead to inadequate support for affected populations, according to the Worldwatch Institute’sState of the World 2015 Washington, D.C.-Between 2008 and 2013, some 140 million people were displaced by weather-related disasters; meanwhile, gradual displacements, such as those caused by droughts or sea-level rise, affected the lives of countless others. These “climate refugees” have become the human ... Read More »

Zero-cost migration

Om Astha Rai Nepal is preparing to stop sending migrant workers to work in countries where employers do not pay for their air tickets and visas from 6 July. The host countries have agreed, but ironically it is Nepal’s recruiting agencies who are opposed to the facility which at present costs migrant workers from poor families most of their savings. Read More »

Bahrain amnesty for illegal workers begins July 1

Manama – A six-month general amnesty for workers staying in Bahrain illegally will begin on Wednesday, a report said. Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) chief executive Ausamah Al Absi announced yesterday that the grace period for undocumented migrant workers will last until December 31, after which a crackdown will begin, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication. Read More »

B’desh might exile Rohingya refugees to a remote island

Annie Gowen Mohammed Islam is a Rohingya Muslim who has lived in a refugee camp in Bangladesh since age 9, after his family fled religious tension in his home country of Burma, also known as Myanmar. His life is one of uncertainty coupled with despair, which has deepened in recent weeks because of a Bangladesh government proposal to move 32,000 ... Read More »

Qatar Foundation making strides in giving dignity to migrant workers

As Qatar’s construction sector continues to expand ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the country’s demand for international labour is expected to remain high. Figures published in September 2014 show that the total number of migrant workers living in the Gulf state has now surpassed 1.6m, with at least half a million estimated to be employed in Qatar’s construction ... Read More »

EU leaders agree to relocate 40,000 migrants

EU leaders holding late-night talks in Brussels have agreed to relocate tens of thousands of migrants who have arrived in Italy and Greece. Summit chairman Donald Tusk said 40,000 would be relocated to other EU states over the next two years. However, there will be no mandatory quotas for each country. Read More »

Number displaced worldwide hits record high – UN report

The number of people displaced by war, conflict or persecution reached a record high of nearly 60 million around the world in 2014, a UN report says. The document by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says the number of people forced to flee their homes rose by 8.3 million from the previous year. The continuing conflict in Syria is seen ... Read More »

Exodus in the Bay of Bengal

By Kanya D’Almeida UN, Jun (IPS) – For a while it went unnoticed: a boatload of migrants here, a vessel full of refugees there. But since 2012, the complex and unregulated movement of human beings through South and Southeast Asia– and the fate of those who put their lives in the hands of smugglers and at the mercy of the ... Read More »

150 Bangladeshi trafficking victims return from Myanmar

A total of 150 Bangladeshi human trafficking victims who were rescued by Myanmar authorities on May 22 were brought back home from Myanmar on Monday after a flag meeting between the border guards of the two countries. The repatriation process took place at Ghundum border point in Naikhyongchari upazilla of Bandarban district. Read More »

1,600 Rohingya, B’deshi migrants rescued, thousands at sea

Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia — Hundreds of migrants abandoned at sea by smugglers in Southeast Asia have reached land and relative safety in the past two days. But an estimated 6,000 Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar remain trapped in crowded, wooden boats, migrant officials and activists said Monday. With food and clean water running low, some could be in ... Read More »

Bnp blames Govt for mass human trafficking, miseries

BNP spokesman Asaduzzaman Ripon on Sunday alleged that human trafficking marked a sharp rise in the country as the government has failed to generate jobs for the unemployed people. “Most youths are now jobless and they are taking risk of going aboard through sea routes as they have no employment opportunity in the country. The hapless people are losing their ... Read More »

Most migrants found are Bangladeshis: Thai Police

Thai authorities on Saturday questioned more than 100 migrants discovered in the country’s south to determine whether they were victims of human trafficking, as Thailand races to meet a deadline to uncover people smuggling camps within its borders. The 117 migrants were found in Rattaphum district in Songkhla province, near the Malaysian border, said the province’s deputy governor. Most of ... Read More »

Italy rescues 5,800 migrants, recovers 10 bodies

More than 5,800 migrants have been rescued and 10 bodies recovered off the Libyan coast over the weekend, the Italian coastguard says. The survivors were picked up from wooden and rubber boats, in 17 separate operations by Italian and French ships. An Italian ship landed nearly 900 people in Sicily early on Monday. At least 1,750 people have died this ... Read More »

Will Europe make migrant crisis worse?

Bill Frelick “Tragic developments” was the apt descriptionby the European Commission of what may prove to be the largest maritime disaster the Mediterranean has seen. But while European officials have been quick with sympathetic words following the capsizing on Saturday of a ship that may have claimed some 800 lives — it has been much too slow in addressing the ... Read More »

337 migrant workers evacuated from Yemen back home

A total of 337 Bangladeshis, who were evacuated from war-torn Yemen last week, returned home from the Indian state of Kerala in the early hours of Sunday. Two special flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carried them home. The first flight landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 4.30 am followed by the second flight with the Yemen returnees Bangladeshis. Read More »