“And who, better than a former exploited migrant, can this spokesperson be?” Interview of OKUP’s ED in SCCF, a French Magazine
Brief on the story published in ‘SCCF’:
Omar’s father migrated to Iraq in 1978 and then in Dubai 1982. He in partnership with a Dubai Sheikh managed a business visa for Omar. Upon arrival in Dubai in 1991, Omar has his passport confiscated, he is not paid and understands that he will never be able to run the business. He returns to Bangladesh. His father lost 26,000 euros in this story and will work hard for several years to pay off this debt. “It was a bad time for my family. I felt bad and since I am the oldest, I am also responsible. So in 1994, I went to Malaysia with a fake passport. “There, it was impossible to find work.” His family begs him to come home. When his father died in 2001, Omar wanted to go this time to Europe and spent more than 5,000 euros with unlicensed agents. He loses all his money and doesn’t get a visa. It was then that he met OKUP, an association of migrants from Bangladesh, who recruited him in 2004. “My experience allows me to raise awareness and show that the dreams sold are false”, he explains. to future migrants while reminding them of their rights, the conditions of departure, the rules of the countries of destination. The association also carries the voice of migrants to change legislation in their favor and to confront the State with its responsibilities for the protection of repatriated migrants.