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IOM Deputy Director General Calls for Solidarity with Rohingya Refugees and Host Communities

Commends Bangladesh's Migration Management & Climate Change Leadership
By IOM Press
Asia IOM Deputy Director General for Operations, Ugochi Daniels during her visit to Bangladesh. Photo: IOM
JUL 27, 2022 LISTEN
IOM Deputy Director General for Operations, Ugochi Daniels during her visit to Bangladesh. Photo: IOM

Dhaka – The International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Deputy Director General (DDG) for Operations, Ugochi Daniels has called for continued and flexible support to Rohingya refugees and host communities. During the five-day visit to Bangladesh (22-26 July), she applauded the Government’s exemplary role in migration management and tackling climate change.

IOM has been supporting the Government of Bangladesh since 1992 and has had uninterrupted presence in the country since 1998.

"Bangladesh should be recognized for the important role they play in hosting more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees and their leadership as a ‘champion country’ of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration," said DDG Daniels.

In Cox’s Bazar, IOM has been providing life-saving assistance, including shelter, health services, water and other emergency items to Rohingya Refugees since 2017.

During her visit, DDG Daniels viewed environmentally friendly initiatives such as a sustainable solid waste management facility, the world’s largest humanitarian solar powered water supply system and a cleaner energy provision system all designed and implemented by IOM. She noted that many of these initiatives could be scalable at the national level.

“The protracted nature of this crisis requires us to scale up the creative and innovative response to this unique situation. We need to continue to build the resilience of the refugees to ensure they live with dignity in the face of reduced humanitarian funding,” DDG Daniels added.

Earlier this year, IOM issued an appeal for USD 139 million to support 1.4 million refugees and host community members in the country.

IOM in Bangladesh provides technical assistance to the Government in various areas of migration management to ensure safe, orderly, and regular migration. This includes support to improved migration governance, assistance to vulnerable migrants, immigration and border management, migration health, migration data and displacement tracking and humanitarian assistance.

In Dhaka, DDG Daniels met with Secretary Dr. Ahmed Munirus Saleheen, Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment; Dr. Md. Enamur Rahman, State Minister, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief; and Masud Bin Momen, Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among other diplomats, UN officials and civil society representatives.

DDG Daniels attended a high-level policy dialogue on Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change: Towards a Common Narrative and Action Pathway jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IOM, where she met Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister, Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, and the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury. During her discussions with government officials and international humanitarian and development actors, she advocated for greater efforts to jointly address climate change and human mobility at national, regional and global levels.

The World Bank estimates that by 2050 one in every seven people in Bangladesh will have been displaced by climate change. DDG Daniels added that "ahead of COP 27, we need to redouble our efforts to ensure the climate change discourse reflects the climate migration nexus, and that this is recognized by the international community.”

Commenting on the DDG’s visit to Bangladesh, Abdusattor Esoev, IOM Bangladesh’s Chief of Mission, noted that “the high-level visit is very timely and reflects the importance of the Government of Bangladesh to IOM, and the organization’s continued commitment to support people on the move in this country.”

Every year, approximately one million Bangladeshis migrate abroad, while the 13 million nationals who have been employed overseas since 1976 contribute to national development through remittances. Bangladesh is ranked 6th in the world as migrant sending country and 8th in remittances received.

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