Allocate 10% of remittances for migrant worker welfare in budget: advocacy group

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Popular migrant rights organization Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program (Okup) today urged the government to allocate 10% of the total remittances sent each year by migrant workers to their development, their protection and well-being in the 2021-2022 national budget.

In a press release, Okup further requested to secure the necessary budget allocation in the 2021-2022 fiscal year to provide monthly allowances to socially and economically vulnerable repatriated migrant workers by including them in the social protection program. .

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In addition, he urged to ensure the allocation of the necessary budget to establish a provident fund to guarantee social benefits of migrant workers for their protection.

The organization further urged relevant authorities to increase the incentives on remittances that migrant workers send from 2 to 5 percent.

The role of labor migration and migrant workers in the socio-economic development of Bangladesh is immense, the organization said, adding that around 13 million workers have been deployed to overseas jobs. through the government channel, according to the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.

Of these, 5.9 million Bangladeshis have been deployed in the last 10 years of the current government.

At the same time, remittances sent by migrant workers amounted to Tk 1,081,992.46 crore.

In the fiscal year affected by Covid (2019-20), Bangladeshi migrant workers sent $ 18.21 billion, 9.8 times more than the previous year, he added.

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