Cabinet okays ‘Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Policy’

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Dhaka, Jan 25: The Cabinet on Monday approved the ‘Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Policy-2016’ with provisions for ensuring safe migration and security of the expatriate workers and their families.

The draft of the policy was okayed at a weekly cabinet meeting chaired Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held at the secretariat.

The new policy is a revised and detailed version of a 2006 guideline on migration, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told reporters after the meeting.

The policy contains directives on promoting and ensuring safe migration, security and welfare of expatriate workers and their families, inclusion of migration with national development, and proper management of labour migration, he said.

There is a separate chapter in it on migration of female workers.

“The new policy addresses all the issues concerned. It has been drafted in the light of new international laws,” said the secretary.

To implement the policy in a collective way, the finance, the civil aviation and the commerce ministries have been assigned to their jobs. The home ministry has been given the task to curb human trafficking.

The government would be able to formulate new laws and regulations in line with the policy, Alam said.