Switzerland and Bangladesh held talks on migration

Press release, 12.09.2019

Switzerland and Bangladesh held a bilateral talk on matters regarding migration on 11 September 2019 in Dhaka. A Swiss delegation led by Ambassador Vincenzo Mascioli, Director International Cooperation, State Secretariat for Migration, Federal Department of Justice and Police of Switzerland, visited Bangladesh from 10 - 12 September 2019 in order to participate in this meeting, which is the first of its kind between the two countries. The objective of this meeting was to discuss about bilateral cooperation in the area of migration as well as to exchange views on the regional and multilateral processes related to labour migration.

Labour migration (particularly to the Gulf region) is an important instrument for Bangladesh to address the growing needs for employment and job creation. Nevertheless, the migrant workers sometimes are faced with complex challenges both at home and in their countries of destination. Switzerland is working with Bangladesh at local, national and global levels to facilitate a safer migration experience for the migrant workers.  

During this mission, Ambassador Mascioli met with the Foreign Secretary of the Government of Bangladesh, Mr. Shahidul Haque, on 11 September. The Swiss delegation has also travelled to Narsingdi district on 12 September 2019 to visit the Return and Reintegration Project of Migrant Workers in Bangladesh, which is implemented by BRAC and co-funded by the governments of Switzerland and Denmark. The project aims to make reintegration economically and socially sustainable for returnee migrants, so that they do not feel obliged to re-migrate for socio-economic reasons. The Swiss delegation also met with the representatives of the Bangladeshi civil society, diplomatic community and development agencies during their visit to Bangladesh.