• Jul 28, 2021 . 1 min Read
  • Returning migrant workers advised to utilise psychosocial support

Returning migrant workers advised to utilise psychosocial support
Joseph Bahingwire
Journalist @New Vision

Migrant workers returning home have been advised to utilise the Entebbe based Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA) reception centre for psychosocial support to settle easily in their communities.

The centre was established by the UAERA and Ministry of Gender and Social Development following cases of Ugandans being tortured and subjected to inhuman treatment as they seek greener pastures in foreign countries, most especially in the Middle East.

According to Happy Jackeline Awor, its administrator, the centre offers free psychosocial support, including medication to returning Ugandan migrant workers irrespective of how they travelled and the country they are from, without discrimination. She called upon all the returnees to use the centre in case they have any challenges.

“We realized that there was a need to support those distressed returnees so that they can settle in society. Some of them return when they are completely wasted and it's only psychosocial support that can make them recover,” she said.

She added that they work with the aviation police to identify those who need support and they are brought to the centre for the psychiatrist to advise on the course of action on whether to refer them for medication or not.

The centre has so far supported more than 380 returnees, most especially women.

Awor attributed most of the mental breakdown cases to human trafficking and forced labour. She advised intending travellers to travel through proper channels.

Chandana Meduri, the Operations Manager, Premier Recruitment Agency, a labour exporting company, advised that before travelling, one should ensure that they get a contract of employment so that they are aware of what they are going to do.

As a sector, the increase in Uganda's foreign earning through remittances by Uganda workers abroad stands at $1.3b globally and $700m for those working in the Middle East countries alone.

The number of registered labour export companies has gradually increased from 13 companies in 2013 to 216 companies in 2021. 

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