New guide helps migrants find work on return to Bangladesh

A new guidebook developed with support of International Labour Organization will help migrant workers returning to Bangladesh reintegrate into the labour market

Migrant workers, coming home and looking for work
The guidebook provides practical information for returnees on basic steps to help them find work or to start their own business. It has been developed by the Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF) with support from the ILO’s Application of Migration Policy for Decent Work of Migrant Workers project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

The new publication includes easy to understand information for job seekers including how to create a basic CV and where to look for job opportunities.  Meanwhile for returnees seeking to start their own business, the guide shows the practical steps to take as well as the contact details of organisations which can provide training and support. In addition, it also provides information to help workers avoid being cheated upon their return.

Deepa Bharathi, Chief Technical Advisor of the ILO labour migration project said, “Returning migrant workers bring back skills and experience which can make a valuable contribution to the Bangladesh economy. This guidebook will help them as they seek to re-enter the job market.”

As part of the guidebook development, consultations have taken place with the Chattagram and Sylhet Chambers of Commerce during February and March. A number of returnee migrants also took part to share their experiences and provide feedback on the guidebook.

Issues returnees highlighted included the difficulties they face in obtaining correct information about setting up a business and how to access credit and other services. Due to their long absence they also faced problems with lack of documentation and certification.

During the consultations the Chambers of Commerce highlighted their commitment to support returning migrants to find work. A number of options were discussed including establishing a desk for ‘expatriates’ welfare’ as well as a database of returnees. An added bonus to the consultations was some of the participating returnees being offered jobs by chamber members.

The guidebook is being printed and will be distributed widely through district offices as well as the Chambers of Commerce.

ILO’s Application of Migration Policy for Decent Work of Migrant Workers project contributes to the implementation of the Overseas employment Act and application of the overseas employment policy and supports strengthening of public and private institutions to secure decent work for Bangladeshi migrant workers