Labour migration

Labour migration


Each year, more than 400,000 workers leave the Bangladesh for overseas employment. Problems faced by Bangladeshi migrants include: high fees for migration charged by recruitment agencies, especially for low skilled jobs; low wages, lack of information on migration opportunities and risks; discrimination, exploitation and abuse while overseas; and insufficient services to protect the rights of workers.

ILO is working with the government of Bangladesh to improve the overall management of labour migration and to ensure protection and decent employment conditions to the Bangladeshi migrant workers.


ILO is working to reduce the incidence of trafficking of women and girls from India, Bangladesh and Nepal through economic, social, and legal empowerment. These activities seek to ensure decent working conditions at destination countries, increasing benefits of migration for workers and their families through regular remittances and enhancing knowledge, skills, and employability of migrant women.

Major ILO working migration and trafficking related initiatives currently being carried out:

Promoting Decent Work thorough Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh

Work in Freedom: Making migrant work safer for women from South Asia