Promotion Safe Migration and Rights of Bangladeshi Migrant Workers

Project Title: Promotion Safe Migration and Rights of Bangladeshi Migrant Workers: Pre-departure, Post-arrival and reintegration assistance for migrants to the Middle East countries

Donor Organization: Caritas Luxembourg along with back donors – Caritas Switzerland and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Luxembourg

Project Period: November 2010 – October 2013

Overall Objective: Promoting supportive environment for migrant workers and their families at all stages of migration with regards to respect for the rights and dignity

 Project Purpose: Establishing of pre-departure services and assistance in destination countries and upon return for Bangladeshi migrant workers and their families, including awareness raising on safe migration and prevention of undocumented migration/trafficking in Bangladeshi society in general

 Project Objectives:

  • To promote information and services related to safe migration in the targeted migrant communities for mass awareness and assistance in migration process for potential migrant workers, particularly women migrants
  • To provide pre-departure services and training/ orientation to the departing migrant workers and link to support networks in the Middle East countries
  • To provide support and assistance to the returnee migrant workers particularly women, and the left behind migrant families/spouses in social and economic reintegration and development
  • To carryout issue-based advocacy and lobby with the key stakeholders, and with the national and international platforms and networks for respect of migrant rights and dignity

Brief Description:

The project is being implemented in six upazillas (sub-districts) under four migration especially women migrant workers concentrated districts – Dhaka, Narayangonj, Munshigonj and Gazipur in partnership with Caritas Bangladesh. This is a mostly comprehensive and innovative project has addressed particular need to get access to information and support services through setting up “migrant support centre” in each intervention upazilla and opening up “help line services” for migrant workers at all stages of pre-departure, onsite and upon return. A safe house has also been set up for victimized women migrants under the project to extend assistance in return and repatriation.

The project has initiated to establish collaboration with local organizations at destination countries to extend assistance to the migrant workers onsite. By this time, it has been able to make close partnership with Caritas Lebanon Migrant Centre and has established collaboration and cooperation to provide legal aid to Bangladeshi migrant workers especially victimized women in Lebanon. Under the project, potential migrant workers are provided pre-migration training regular basis in each project implementation area. A comprehensive “pre-departure training” for the departing women migrant workers who are headed for Lebanon in particular has been initiated to enhance their skills and capacity in order to perform better services in the new culture of middle and upper class society in the destination countries in the Middle East and to protect their rights as well. Returnee migrants, migrant families/spouses are also brought under the project to enhance their knowledge and leadership and to make a vibrant and empowered migrant community.

Numbers of awareness raising materials including a folk song as well as training manuals have been developed under the project.