The homecoming: Profiling the returning migrant workers of Bangladesh

This study primarily develops a comprehensive profile of migrant workers who have returned to Bangladesh.

The survey of returning migrant workers to profile them has been carried out by the Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies, with technical support from the International Labour Organization and facilitation by the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment and the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training. The Bangladesh Employers’ Federation too assisted in designing the survey. The survey was conducted under the ILO programme for “Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh”. This programme, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, is aimed to help improve overall governance of labour migration in Bangladesh.

Supporting the workers, especially, those who return under difficult conditions, has been subject of consideration and a matter of assistance by the government for a while. It is also an issue, which has emerged as one requiring attention not only of the government but also of the private sector, particularly, those sectors which are in need of experienced workforce and would benefit from further enterprise development. In order to plan future activities to support the workers coming back, the ILO and its constituents worked towards the felt-need to define further the profile of the returning migrant workers. This report is being brought out in belief that the survey findings and discussions on labour and entrepreneurship demand would encourage public and private sector organizations to come forward to optimize benefits from return migration.