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337 stranded Bangladeshis in Yemen to reach Dhaka 18 April

A total of 337 Bangladeshi nationals who were stranded in Yemen are expected to reach Indian Sea Port Kochi, Kerala on Saturday morning, said a Foreign Ministry official in Dhaka. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is arranging for their onward journey from Kerala to Dhaka by special flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines on April 18. They are now on their ... Read More »

360 Bangladeshis taken from Yemen to Djibouti

Ten more Bangladesh nationals returned home on Saturday evening from war-torn Yemen through Djibouti, raising the total number of returnees to 21. They arrived in a Fly Dubai flight that landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 6:45pm, said an official. Earlier in the day, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque confirmed their scheduled arrival at a press conference at the ... Read More »

Maldives threatens migrant workers with expulsion over protest

Jason Burke in Delhi and Zaheena Rasheed in Malé Tens of thousands of immigrant workers employed on luxury resorts in theMaldives have been told they will be ordered to leave the island nation if they go ahead with a planned protest against alleged discrimination and violence. The demonstration has been organised following a series of attacks on immigrant workers, many ... Read More »

Value our labor and rights as domestic workers

Eni Lestari Hong Kong, March 31 Last month I was selected to speak at the UN to discuss the content of the sustainable development goals. As a child, I couldn’t dream of even visiting the UN. But nor did I dream that I would become a migrant domestic worker and suffer exploitation and abuse. Instead, I shared the aspirations of ... Read More »

Migrant workers’ rights abuses at Saadiyat Island, UAE

New York – Serious concerns about workers’ rights have not been resolved for a high-profile project in Abu Dhabi that will host branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums and a campus of New York University (NYU), Human Rights Watch said in a report released on 10 February. These institutions should make their continued engagement with the Saadiyat Island project ... Read More »

Deal for manpower export to Saudi Arabia signed

The government on Tuesday signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia over sending Bangladeshi workers to the Gulf country under 12 categories. The deal was singed 10 days after the Saudi government reopened its manpower market for Bangladeshi jobseekers lifting a long seven-year ban. Deputy Minister for International Affairs (leader) of the Ministry of Labour of Saudi Arabia Dr Ahmed Al-Fahaid ... Read More »

Qatar can still take lead on migrant worker changes

Doha – Qatari authorities should implement labor reforms to protect migrant workers from serious human rights abuses; proposed reforms in 2014 are a welcome step but need to go further, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. In response to mounting international pressure over serious rights abuses in its construction sector, Qatari authorities announced their intention to ... Read More »

7 bodies recovered from sunken trawler in Cox’s Bazar

Rescuers on Friday recovered 7 bodies from inside the sunken trawler, which was heading towards Malaysia yesterday with over 50 passengers on board, in Khudiratek area under Kutubdia upazila in the Bay of Bengal, police and locals said. Superintendent of police (SP) of Cox’s Bazaar Shyamol Kumar Nath confirmed BSS that the rescue team members of Coast Guard and Bangladesh ... Read More »

Dozens missing after Bangladesh migrant boat sinks

Dozens of people are missing after an overloaded fishing trawler carrying migrants to Malaysia sank in strong currents off the coast of Bangladesh on Thursday, officials said. Emergency workers rescued 43 Bangladeshis in the Bay of Bengal after the boat capsized some 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) offshore, police and the coastguard said. They said dozens more remained unaccounted for, although ... Read More »

Gulf Arab states having unified database on migrants

Expatriates blacklisted in any Gulf Cooperation Council nation could be banned from all the member countries, if a law gets the nod this May. A unified immigration database, aimed at helping member countries keep track of criminal record of expatriates in the region, could become a reality this year. The unified monitoring system will ensure that any foreigner found to ... Read More »

Voting right a major gain for India’s migrant workers

A bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and A K Sikri of the Indian Supreme Court asked  India’s central government to inform it about “further steps taken to implement the suggestions” for extending voting rights to non-resident Indians. This is viewed as a major achievement for Indian migrants working abroad. The Centre on Monday told theIndian Supreme Court that ... Read More »

From the American dream to the nightmare of deportation

By Edgardo Ayala San Salvador, Jan 2015 (IPS) – Julio César Cordero’s American dream didn’t last long. He was trying to reach Houston, Texas as an undocumented immigrant but was detained in Acayucán in southeastern Mexico. And like thousands of other deported Salvadorans, he doesn’t know what the future will hold. Cordero’s head hangs low as he climbs off the ... Read More »

Syrians entering Lebanon face new restrictions

New restrictions on Syrians entering Lebanon have come into effect, further slowing the flow of asylum seekers trying to escape the war. Previously, travel between the two countries was largely unrestricted, but now Syrians will have to obtain a visa. Lebanon hosts more than a million Syrian refugees and this is the latest step to try to stem the influx. Read More »

GCC domestic work reform falls short once again

Mehru and Cyrus Vesuvala Contrary to initial GCC media statements confirming the adoption of new model contract for domestic workers, sources say no new changes were discussed at the November 2014 meeting The media fanfare surrounding the meeting of GCC labour ministers in November has quickly proven overzealous; while the meeting was set to resolve states’ disagreement over clauses in ... Read More »

Traffickers ‘made $3m’ on ship to Italy

Police in Italy believe traffickers made some $3m (£1.9m; €2.5m) from 359 illegal migrants found abandoned on a cargo ship in the Mediterranean. The Ezadeen was towed into the Italian port of Corigliano Calabro after being found by coast guards on Friday. Most of those aboard appear to be Syrians, in the second such case involving a freighter this week. ... Read More »

End exploitation for domestic workers in the Gulf

Rothna Begum “I would wake up to start cooking, then cleaning, washing clothes, and then cooking again. No rest, there was just no rest… Because she kept yelling, I cried and asked to go back to [the recruitment] agency, but madam said ‘I already bought you.'” This is how Farah S., a 23-year-old Indonesian domestic worker in Dubai (whose name ... Read More »

Undocumented migrants, not ‘illegal migrants’

On the occasion of International Migrants’ Day, migrants’ rights advocates from across Europe urge media, policymakers and others who have a key role in influencing public views on migration to stop using ‘illegal migrant’ and adopt accurate and neutral terms in reference to undocumented migrants. The widespread use of criminalising language impacts the daily realities of undocumented migrants. The perception ... Read More »

Javan migrant workers’ advocate wins rights award

Migrant workers’ rights activist Anis Hidayah received the 2014 Yap Thiam Hien human rights award for being “the voice for millions of Indonesian migrant workers”, as described by the award committee. One of the judges, lawyer and human rights activist Todung Mulya Lubis, said that Anis had shown unflinching devotion to the struggle for migrant workers’ rights. “She gives her ... Read More »

Malaysia no new market, Govt fails to increase manpower export: BNP

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said that the government has failed to increase manpower export since it could not deal with the matter properly “Not only in Malaysia, the government has failed to export manpower alsoto the Middle Eastern countries,” he said while talking to reporters after placing wreath at the mazar of BNP founder ... Read More »

Want govt 2 govt manpower export to Malaysia: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government would promote G2G basis manpower export to Malaysia to ensure greater benefit of the workers, despite the fact that a section of manpower exporters are not pleased with the decision. Addressing a reception accorded to her by expatriate Bangladeshis here today the Prime Minister said manpower export in Malaysia and many middle-east states ... Read More »

‘Increase migrant worker protection in Gulf countries’

Kuwait, November 22 – Labour ministers from Gulf and Asian countries meeting on November 26 and 27 next, should improve labour law protection, reform abusive immigration policies, and increase dialogue with trade unions and nongovernmental groups, 22 human rights organizations and unions said Saturday. Millions of contract workers from Asia and Africa, including an estimated 2.4 million domestic workers in ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Bd Navy seizes Burmese ferry with 625 trafficked people

Bangladesh Navy on Monday seized a Myanmar flag hoistng trawler in the deep see with at least 625 people on board, including many Myanmar nationals, heading towards Malaysia illegally. A source at the Naval Headquarters said that the trawler was held in the morning from the deep see, some 130-135 nautical miles off the Teknaf coast. Read More »

80 Bangladeshi immigrants detained in Malaysia

Police detained 80 illegal immigrants, believed to have been working at a construction site in Cameron Highlands here, during two separate raids on two houses in Tringkap and Blue Valley, Kampung Raja on Wednesday. Cameron Highlands district police chief DSP Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said all the illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, aged between 20 and 50, were held during the ... Read More »

Maid hiring costs surge in Bahrain

The cost of recruiting an Indonesian housemaid has reached BD1,200 ($3200) compared to BD800 in January, while sponsors have to pay about BD1,000 to recruit a Filipino maid, a report said. Bahrain Recruiters’ Society chairman Fareed Al Mahmeed said countries exporting domestic helpers aren’t in a position to meet Bahraini market demand due particularly to ill-treatment and abuse of housemaids ... Read More »