Mr James Brokenshire, UK Home Office Minister for Immigration has arrived in Bangladesh for a two day visit.
During his visit, he will meet government officials and civil society members to discuss shared priority issues for the UK and Bangladesh including tackling illegal immigration, organised crime and violent extremism.
Prior to his arrival in Bangladesh, Mr Brokenshire said:
“I am delighted to be visiting Bangladesh. This is my first visit to the country and the first visit by a British Home Office Minister from the recently elected Government.
“The UK is a long-standing partner and friend of Bangladesh; I am especially proud of the strong people to people ties that exist between the two countries through our half a million strong Bangladeshi diaspora. We have a vibrant bilateral relationship including our strong trade ties and on this visit we hope to build on our joint efforts to combat the global threats of terrorism and illegal migration.”
Notes to editors
James Brokenshire is responsible for immigration policy/legislation, EU, Her Majesty’s Passport Office, asylum, Border Force, immigration enforcement, individual case decisions, UK Visas and Immigration and extradition and mutual legal assistance (MLA).
The UK remains the largest bilateral donor or grant aid to Bangladesh (£180 million in FY2014/15) delivered through Government, Multilaterals, CSOs and the private sector. Moreover, the UK is an important trading partner. Some 100 UK firms have operations locally with the main centres of operation focused around Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet.