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The Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) Chairman Tasneem Siddiqui suggested on Sunday that the government should stop irregular migration of Bangladeshis.
She said, the irregular migration of both Bangladeshis and Myanmar Rohingyas to Malaysia using risky sea routes continues from Teknaf.
The RMMRU Chairman said it at a Press conference on a report published under caption  "Pattern and Trends of Labour Migration 2015: Achievement and Challenge" at Jatiya Press Club and called for international pressure for reinstating Rohingyas' citizenship as well as stopping their prosecution and exploitation in their homeland in order to stop the irregular migration of Rohingyas to Malaysia through Bangladesh.
The RMMRU Chairman urged the government to address the issue of irregular migration via Teknaf by formulating a detailed work plan under the Bangladesh-Malaysia government-to-government memorandum to send workers through formal channels.
The Malaysian government's scheme of regularisatoin of undocumented migrant workers in 2011 has encouraged the aspirant migrants originating from Maunglaw, Buthiduang and Akiyab of Burma and from Teknaf, Cox's Bazar and greater Chittagong of Bangladesh to go on such ventures, she pointed out.
The Home Ministry is not doing enough in this regard despite having all information about the local intermediaries of this human trafficking from Teknaf.
In the recent time the RMMRU studies have found that not only Rohingyas go abroad with Bangladeshi passports, the Bangladeshi workers also go to Saudi Arabia and Malaysia as irregular migrant workers with the Rohingya identity.
RMMRU Chairman said that the government should stop playing game in the name of Rohingyas and take necessary steps to offer direct services to the aspirant migrants at village level to ensure safe migration and stay in the destination country," she said. She said the remittance is playing a vital role in spurring the rural economy, particularly in education, agriculture and health.
The research on 2,000 people in four districts shows that nine per cent of the remittance is spent on meeting educational expenses, three per cent on medical treatment of elderly people, four per cent on buying seeds and fertiliser and seven per cent on agriculture-based businesses such as installing irrigation pumps, buying power tillers and setting up poultry farms.
According to the report, Bangladesh exported about six and a half lakh workers this year.
The remittance inflow that surged to $15 billion this year was mentioned "dissatisfactory" in comparison to the rise in manpower export.
Approximately five and a half lakh workers were sent as manpower this year, marking 30 per cent rise compared with last year. For women, it was 95,000 - a 19 per cent rise.
Remittance rose by 1.8 per cent compared with last year, it is not satisfactory against the increase in manpower export.

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