EU offers support for reintegration of illegal migrants after return

The European Union (EU) has offered cooperation to Bangladesh in the field of information campaign and awareness-raising on the danger of irregular migration as well as a special programme for the reintegration of returnees.

The offer came at the first-ever Bangladesh-EU Dialogue on Migration Management amid its call to Bangladesh for brining back some 80,000 irregular nationals living in various European countries.

Both sides discussed the matter relating to Bangladeshis in irregular situation in the EU and facilitation of their possible return and re-integration.

Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque led the Bangladesh delegation while the ten-member EU delegation was led by Deputy Secretary General for Global and Economic Issues, European External Action Service Christian Leffler.

At the dialogue, held at the state guesthouse Meghna, the two sides agreed to continue the dialogue looking at a wide-ranging approach to address the issues of migration and mobility, according to Foreign Ministry here.

The dialogue focused on the entire spectrum of migration and mobility including global migration situation, Global Forum on Migration and Development, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in relation to migration, irregular migration and trafficking.

The dialogue also explored possibilities of wider cooperation on migration and mobility through a possible comprehensive political declaration.

Bangladesh side highlighted the government’s policy of bringing all the people in irregular situation back as well as the need for widening the scope of safe, orderly and regular migration.

Earlier on Monday, the EU requested Bangladesh to bring back 80,000 irregular Bangladesh nationals, now living in the European countries.

The visiting EU delegation also had discussions with Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Monday.
source : the daily sun

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