Call for ensuring quality edn to stop migration

Dhaka,  Sat,  03 December 2016
Published : 20 Oct 2016, 00:46:48

Call for ensuring quality edn to stop migration

Experts at a seminar in the city called on Wednesday for ensuring quality education and healthcare in villages and towns to stop migration to metropolitan cities, reports BSS.

They made the call at a seminar on 'Urbanisation and Migration in Bangladesh' at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar NEC conference room in the city.

General Economics Division of Planning Commission and UNFPA organised the seminar on the occasion of releasing a report on the subject.

The speakers said 20,000 people become migrants every week in Bangladesh, of which 42 per cent comes to Dhaka district.

Of the internal migrants, 56 per cent comes to mega city Dhaka, including the capital, Narayanganj and Gazipur while 10 per cent goes to Chittagong, they added.

On the other hand, population has declined in one decade from 2001 to 2011 in two other metropolitan cities - Khulna and Rajshahi.

Presided over by Planning Commission's General Economics Division chief Nakib Bin Mahbub, the seminar was attended as chief guest by General Economics Division Member Prof. Dr. Shamsul Alam.

Australian National University Professor Gavin Jons and Professor of the department of Geography and Environment of Dhaka University (DU) AQM Mahbub presented keynote papers in the seminar.

DU Geography and Environment Professor Dr. Nurul Islam Nazim and International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Bangladesh Programme Manager Abdus Sattar took part in the discussion while UNFPA Representative Argentina Matavel Piccin gave the welcome address.

Dr Shamsul Alam said people are migrating to cities from villages though currently transport system, power, cable TV and other urban facilities have improved in rural areas.

Pragmatic plans should be taken to stop this, he added.
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