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Hello Washington :Problems of South Asian Migrant Workers   


Callers from Malaysia, Bangladesh, India, Amsterdam asked about the plights of South Asian and Filipino, Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia, Indonesia, Middle East. How and who can take care of the interests of migrant workers, who are being cheated by the recruiting agencies in their own countries, as well as the employers abroad.

Panel advised - the deprived workers may seek the assistance of their respective Embassy, call the attention of Amnesty International and local media.

Panel also stressed the importance of Awareness building, publicity campaign, and said - only government cannot control these agencies, nor stop unskilled laborers going abroad in search of better future, but government of respective countries should enforce strict rules to stop exploitation of human resources .
Many Bangladeshi workers from Malaysia called and explained their hopeless, inhuman situation.

The panelists were Dr Tasneem Siddiqui, , Professor of Political science, Dhaka University and a founder member Refugee & Migratory Movements Research Center, Dhaka , Dr Shapan Adnan, Professor South Asian Studies, Singapore National University & Dr Tapati Basu, Head of the Department, Journalism, Kolkata University.

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