Section 25

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Section 25 provides that the government may conclude memorandums of understanding with other countries, which will be concluded on the basis of the principles of protection of the rights, safety and dignity of migrants, protection of labour and human rights of Bangladeshi migrant workers, and assurance of the migrant workers’ right to information and to redress in case of violation of their rights.

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Section 25. Bilateral agreement on migration.

(1) The Government may conclude memorandum of understanding or an agreement with another country with a view to increase opportunities of migration by the Bangladeshi citizens for overseas employment, improving management of labour migration, repatriation and re- integration of the migrant workers in the home country, and to ensure welfare and the rights of migrant workers including the members of their families.

(2) Any memorandum of understanding or agreement under the Subsection (1) shall be concluded on the basis of, among others, the following principles:

(a) protection of the rights, safety and human dignity of all migrant workers within the country or while overseas;
(b) protection of labour and other human rights of Bangladeshi migrant workers in the concerned country, and assuring conditions at work are compatible with the international standards; and
(c) assurance of the migrant workers’ right to information and the right to redress if their rights are violated in the concerned country.

Law /Bangladesh / Overseas Employment and Migrants Act, 2013

The Overseas Employment and Migrants’ Act, 2013 (or “Migrants’ Act 2013”) is the first law on migration and overseas employment passed by the Parliament of Bangladesh. This law replaces the Emigration Ordinance, issued by the president in 1982. It has a dedicated chapter on regulation of recruitment.