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Bangladesh and the EU agree to launch acomprehensive dialogue on migration.

Ylva Johansson visited the People’s Republic of Bangladesh during a visit.

European Commissioner for Home Affairs, 10-11 Nov 2022. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the European Commissioner jointly announced the start of a comprehensive dialog on migration.

The Prime Minister thanked both the EU and its member states for supporting Bangladeshi nationals fleeing war in Ukraine earlier in the year.

The Commissioner met with the Bangladesh Minister of Home Affairs as well as the Minister for Expatriate Welfare, Overseas Employment and Overseas Employment.

The Commissioner announced an additional EUR3 million in funding to Rohingya’s humanitarian response. This will be implemented through UNHCR to support Bhasan Char activities. The EU expressed its gratitude to the people and Government of Bangladesh for hosting Rohingya refugees from Myanmar for over five years and for their generous actions.

Both the EU as well as the Government of Bangladesh emphasized the need for a voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingyas to Myanmar.


During the visit of the Commissioner, the Government of Bangladesh was able to agree with the EU to start a comprehensive dialog on issues related to migration.

This will include all aspects of migration management including legal pathways to Europe, addressing irregular migration and migrant smuggling, and continued enhanced cooperation in return and integration.

It was agreed that we would intensify preparations to launch a Talent Partnership with Bangladesh in order to make it easier for Bangladeshi nationals to live and work in the EU Member States they are interested in.

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Commissioner Johansson also met UN representatives and civil society representatives. He also visited EU-supported projects that were implemented by IOM, BRAC and the Government of Bangladesh in close cooperation. This was to aid in the sustainable integration of Bangladeshi migrants returning from EU Member States.


Johansson, reflecting on her visit to Bangladesh, said: “This was my first visit to Bangladesh. It was a pleasure to see firsthand the dynamism in our relations in many areas. We are continuing to build on our strong commitment and progress in return and reintegration for irregular migrants, and enhanced cooperation on addressing migrant smuggling. We are moving forward with cooperation in key areas like legal migration pathways for Bangladeshi citizens living and working in Europe. There are many opportunities to expand our engagement, especially through the new

comprehensive migration dialogue.”

The Minister for Home Affairs of Bangladesh said that her counterpart in Bangladesh, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, stated, “Bangladesh has multi-dimensional engagements with the EU, including on migration and trafficking in people.

We are working with the European Commission in order to return our verified nationals not authorized to remain in the EU member states. We have asked the EU to provide more legal routes for migration for our nationals and to adhere to relevant humanitarian principles when dealing with migrants, regardless of their status. Our government is ready to work with international partners to combat the threat of trafficking and other transnational crimes. We are hopeful that the EU-Migration Dialogue will further facilitate such cooperation.

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