1. Natalie McCauley, Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF
2. AKM Masud Ali, Executive Director, INCIDIN Bangladesh
3. Tasneem Siddiqui, Founding Chair, Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, RMRRU
4. Asma Khatun, National Programme Officer, Migrant Protection and Assistance Unit, International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
5. Wahida Banu, Executive Director, Aparajeyo Bangladesh
6. Haruno Nakashiba, Protection Officer, UNHCR
7. Ishrat Shamim, President, Centre for Women and Children Studies
8. Mohammad Tariqul Islam, Country Director, Justice and Care, Bangladesh
9. Abul Hossain, Project Director, Multisectoral Programme on Violence Against Women
10. Sheikh Rafiqul Islam, Additional Secretary and Director General, Department of Social Services
Opening presentation: Abdul Quayum, Associate Editor, Prothom Alo
Moderator: Firoz Choudhury, Assistant Editor, Prothom Alo
Abdul Quayum: The topic of discussion today is extremely important. A UN report last year stated that every day one child either dies or is lost in the Mediterranean region due to migration. Around 300 to 400 children lose their lives every year in this manner. Children face migration due to war, poverty, instability, famine, climate change and various other reasons. More than migtrating to other countries, children in Bangladesh are migrated from one district to another.
Today’s discussion will deal with the challenges about these matters and the way forward. The discussion will come up with recommendations and we hope these will be given due consideration at the policy making level.