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EU delegation in Dhaka to discuss migrant concerns


Dhaka : A high-powered European Union delegation has arrived here on a three-day visit to discuss its concerns over Bangladeshi migrants moving to Europe illegally.

The EU delegation, which landed in the Bangladesh capital this morning, is led by Christian Leffler, Deputy Secretary General for Global Issues of the European External Action Service.

The delegation is expected to raise the issue of easing uncontrolled mass movement of people into Europe.

Talks, according to the Daily Star, are expected to take place with ministers, senior government officials and other stakeholders.

Though migration will be the dominant issue for discussion, other issues related to foreign policy, labour, human rights, politics, freedom of expression, governance, democracy, trade and economic cooperation may also be dealt with.

Diplomatic sources told the daily that the delegation will meet Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam at 2 p.m. local time today.

The delegation will also meet the foreign secretary tomorrow and hold a meeting at the home ministry.

The delegation’s arrival in Dhaka comes even as the European Union has started the deportation of hundreds of migrants, most of them from Pakistan and Bangladesh, from Greece to Turkey today.

The move has been met with global criticism, but the EU has said that it will continue with the process as it can no longer handle the pressure of migrants. (ANI)

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