Every year two million young people enter the workforce in Bangladesh. A lack of knowledge about labour migration and a lack of formally certified skills renders these people highly vulnerable to exploitation if they decide to migrate for employment.
High costs of migration and low wages paid to Bangladesh migrant workers present a major challenge for potential migrants. Lack of information about migration opportunities make potential migrants seek support through informal channels, which increases their chance of trafficking, exploitation and abuse.
We promote safe, regular and responsible migration at every step, and ensure migrant workers know their rights and how to exercise them. We train and engage volunteers, counsellors and para-counsellors to raise awareness on migration and reintegration issues. We provide financial aid, skills development to avail decent work for aspiring migrant workers and support their reintegration upon return.
people across 33 districts of Bangladesh have received services (since 2006)
BDT 74 million
recovered through social arbitration, including death benefits
potential migrants equipped with information on safe migration and reintegration
BRAC has lead the way yet again in a critical sector for Bangladesh’s economy - the experience from BRAC’s work on the project ‘Safe migration for the Bangladeshi workers’ will serve to strengthen our approach to supporting governments, in Bangladesh and globally, to ensure safe and orderly migration.
BRAC is the World’s largest NGO, and it is our pride that that there is an organisation like BRAC, in Bangladesh, with its worldwide initiatives and scope of work. We hope that we can work together for safe, orderly and regular migration and portray Bangladesh as an example for the World in migration sector
WHAT WE DO
Awareness activities, capacity building through skills development and prevention of trafficking
Provide support to migrants through embassies, in the country of destination and their families in proper utilisation of remittance
Provide on arrival support to vulnerable men and women migrants
Reintegration upon return
Psycho-Counseling, training and financial support to facilitate socio economic reintegration of returnee migrants
A trusted source for a high-potential workforce
HOW WE DO IT
Engaged 2,360 trained volunteers at grassroots level to provide essential information on safe migration
Creating partnerships that facilitate improved access and reliable information at the community level
Forums within communities that discuss and share up-to-date migration matters and solutions
Advocacy for policy implementation
Implementation of laws and regulations through advocacy, training of journalists and media mobilisation
Arrival assistance is provided through the centre situated near the international airport
WHY IT WORKS
Comprehensive service model
Supporting migrants through skills training, visa check and other services to create an enterprise
Social and economic reintegration
Providing information, training, counseling and networking support and remittance advice, through referrals
Storytelling at scale
Generating awareness for millions through real life stories using audio visuals and folk theatre