MRC, BDRCS host Humanitarian Dialogue on Migration

MRC, BDRCS host Humanitarian Dialogue on Migration

The Maldivian Red Crescent (MRC) and the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) organised the Humanitarian Dialogue on Migration from November 9 to 10.

The two-day event held in the capital city of Male' was supported by the Italian Red Cross (ITRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

During the event a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the MRC and the BDRCS which outlined areas for future cooperation and collaboration.

The Dialogue aimed to facilitate MRC, BDRCS and key government and non-government stakeholders to discuss the context of migration between Maldives and Bangladesh. The humanitarian role of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in assisting migrants and individuals affected by migration was also discussed during the two-day event.

Over the course of the Dialogue, MRC and BDRCS formulated a work plan to address the needs of migrants and those affected by migration in Maldives and Bangladesh in accordance with the IFRC Global Strategy on Migration. It will also help create a shared understanding and explore opportunities for cooperation between MRC, BDRCS, ITRC, and movement partners to address the needs of migrants before, during and after their journey.

Minister of Economic Development Fayyaz Ismail attended the dialogue as the chief guest. Speaking at the event, the minister reiterated guarantees to cooperate with relevant stakeholders in ensuring that challenges faced by migrants are addressed.

The event was also attended by the Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture Zaha Waheed, leading officials from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives Immigration, United Nations in Maldives, Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) and Transparency Maldives. Maldivian representatives were joined by delegates of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Speaking at the dialogue BDRCS Chairman MP Hafiz Ahmed Mazumdar stated that, “collectively we can try to do something for the humanitarian cause of the migrants. Bangladeshis constitute more than 50 percent of the migrants of the Maldives. We are glad to work with the Maldivian Red Crescent”.

“This Humanitarian Dialogue on Migration is an opportunity for us all to consider how we can individually, collectively, and in partnership do more to assist, protect and advocate for the migrants who are most at risk, and support all those affected by migration".