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From Our Member Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), Bangladesh – Training and Workshop for Promoting Mediation at the Grassroots Level

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RMMRU organized a training workshop for promoting mediation on the 2th November 2022 which was held in UNO Office, Keraniganj of Dhaka district. This was half day long workshop where 20 returnee migrants were given training on the mediation process by ADR expert Md. Shimonuzzaman and Mohammad Inzamul Haque. The Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Keraniganj, Md. Mehedi Hasan attended the event as chief guest and Ruhi Das, Executive Director of BASTOB also joined the programme as special guest. Besides local govt. representatives, journalists, staffs from RMMRU and BASTOB attended the programme. The programme was led by DR. C R Abrar, Executive Director of RMMRU. The workshop started from 9:30 am and consisted of two sessions.
Returnee migrants have some recurring complains of being cheated by sub-agents through false employment hopes and high recruitment costs and tortured in the country of destinations. Most of these migrants cannot afford to pay such high costs. Many of them do not succeed by spending. Most of the aggrieved migrant workers do not have any idea of settling the disputes.
The aim of the workshop was to inform the migrants of such cases and ways to prevent them. The first session consisted of a presentation of what is mediation followed an interactive session where the migrants shared their stories at home and abroad. In the second session, trainer had not only promoted mediation to the migrants but also informed them of the ways in which they can proceed with their migration process through the proper channels. The goal was to ensure that migrants use the formal ways to migrate to prevent them from being cheated by sub-agents in the future. We also hoped that the trainees would then share the knowledge they gained from the workshop to other migrants in order to further spread the work.