Published:  02:25 AM, 10 September 2019

BD-Swiss talks on migration tomorrow

Bangladesh and Switzerland will hold bilateral talks on migration issue on Wednesday in Dhaka. The meeting will be the first of its kind between the two countries, which may expect many outcomes in this regard. 

To attend the meeting, a Swiss delegation led by Ambassador Vincenzo Mascioli, Director International Cooperation, State Secretariat for Migration, Federal Department of Justice and Police of Switzerland, will visit Bangladesh on September 10 on a three-day visit, said the Swiss Embassy in Dhaka.

According to the embassy, the meeting will discuss bilateral cooperation on migration as well as to exchange views on the regional and multilateral processes related to labor migration.  

Labor migration--particularly to the Gulf region is an important instrument for Bangladesh to address the growing needs for employment and job creation.

However, migrant workers sometimes face complex challenges both at home and in their countries of destination. Switzerland is working with Bangladesh at local, national and global levels to facilitate a safer migration experience for the migrant workers, it said.

On September 12, the Swiss delegation will travel to Narsingdi to visit the Return and Reintegration Project of Migrant Workers, which is implemented by BRAC and jointly co-funded by Switzerland and Denmark.

The project aims to make reintegration economically and socially sustainable for returnee migrants, so that they do not feel obliged to re-migrate.

The Swiss delegation will also meet with the representatives of the Bangladeshi civil society, diplomatic community and development agencies during their visit to Dhaka, it added. 

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