63 migrants returned with psychological issues

As many as 63 migrant workers, including 58 females, returned to the country with psychological issues over the last two years, according to the Brac Migration Programme.

Shariful Hasan, head of the Brac Migration Programme, said they, with support from Prabashi Kalyan Desk and on-duty police at the airport, delivered the migrants to their families after finding out where their families were.

Brac also provided psychosocial counseling to at least 3,000 returnees so far, Shariful said in a statement issued yesterday.

A team of 15 counselors and a teacher of Dhaka University’s clinical psychology department provided the returnees with counseling, he said.

In last one month, some 11 migrants, 10 of them females, returned home psychologically unstable, he added.

Yesterday, two such female migrants returned from Jordan and United Arab Emirates, Brac said.

Armed police members at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport handed over the Jordan-returnee to the Prabashi Kalyan Desk, set up by the expatriates’ welfare ministry at the airport.

Officials of the desk later handed her and the UAE-returnee over to Brac so that they could be returned to their families.

Brac was trying to reach their family members in Pabna and Jashore.

Shariful said people involved in the labour migration sector have to give more importance to such migrant workers and that the government and non-government organisations have to come forward with joint initiatives.


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