Webinar shines light on issues of migrant workers

James kon

The Bangladesh High Commission in Brunei Darussalam recently hosted a webinar titled “Migrant Workers Issues in Brunei” to assist Bangladeshi nationals working in the Sultanate.

Brunei is a popular destination for migrant workers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines and other Asian countries.

The webinar hosted by Bangladesh High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Nahida Rahman Shumona and moderated by Advisor (Labor) and Head of Chancellery Jelal Hossain saw the participation of experts and analysts from Bangladesh and Brunei sharing their experience, expertise and policy recommendations.

The Secretary General of the Bangladesh National Parliament of the Parliamentarians’ Caucus on Migration and Development, Mahjabeen Khaled, was the guest of honor. She was accompanied by economic affairs analyst Md Mazadul Hoque and migration activist Aminul Haque from Bangladesh.

Migration legal expert Yusuf Halim, Abdul Haziq Rudiman, Yong Hong Jun and Nurul Amalina Shakinah binti Haji Jainal represented Brunei.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Nahida Rahman Shumona attends webinar.

Mahjabeen Khaled highlighted the conditions and incentives that push migrant workers to seek employment in Brunei Darussalam. She also touched on the formation of the Parliamentarians’ Caucus on Migration and Development, lack of budget, policy gaps and issues of going through intermediaries.

Bangladesh High Commission Social Media and Outreach Program Assistant Nurul Amalina Shakinah gave a presentation on “Relevant Brunei Labor Laws”.

Recognizing the trials and tribulations of migrant workers, Yusuf Halim shared his perspective on the legal issues they face. He identified the lack of language and communication skills and overdependence on authorities as two major problems plaguing Bangladeshi workers.

Md Mazadul Hoque presented the Brunei labor market as well as the history and current status of Bangladeshi migrant workers in the Sultanate. He also put forward some policy recommendations.

Aminul Haque focused on the welfare of migrant workers in Brunei and stressed the need for their proper reintegration into society once back in Bangladesh.

The High Commissioner underlined the need and importance of addressing the issues of migrant workers. She said all Bangladeshi workers have been vaccinated and informed of her initiative to develop a database of all migrant workers in Brunei. The diplomat also expressed her support and commitment to improving the conditions of Bangladeshi workers in the Sultanate.

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