International Migrants Day on December 18th marks the day in 1990 when the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (the Migrant Workers Convention) was adopted by the UN General Assembly.
Almost 832,000 people left Bangladesh to work overseas this year. In total, more than 6.2 million Bangladeshis live and work abroad, with the country's contribution to global migration standing at over three percent. International Migrants Day was today observed in Bangladesh.
Tasneem Siddiqui is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Dhaka. Siddiqui has written extensively on migration and gender issues in Bangladesh and recently edited a collection on 'Streamlining the labor recruitment process in Bangladesh.
In an interview with Voice of America, Siddiqui spoke about the history and significance of the International Migrants Day. She also spoke about how the Migrants Day was observed in Bangladesh and problems Bangladeshi migrants face overseas. Dr. Siddiqui also spoke about what Bangladesh government can do to eliminate or tackle some of these problems.