A Framework of Services for Reintegration and Remigration of International Labour Migrants from Bangladesh

Welfare Board (WEWB) in particular to develop a framework of services for the returnee migrants. The framework addresses the psychosocial, economic and social needs of returnee migrant workers in a more comprehensive manner and also focuses on the possibility of remigration from Bangladesh. The framework of services is designed for the stakeholders/service providers who could cater to the needs of the returnee migrants in a more comprehensive and efficient way.

This paper presents a framework of services for the reintegration and remigration of international labour migrants from Bangladesh.1 It is the product of an evidence-based research titled “The Mapping and Scoping of Services for the Migrant Workers of Bangladesh at Various Stages of Labour Migration Cycle”. Findings from the study suggests that the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (MoEWOE) should assume the role of lead
ministry for implementing the returnee services framework. WEWB, which operates under MoEWOE, has statutory responsibility for promoting the welfare of migrant workers, including returnees. WEWB works closely with the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET), the lead migration governance agency under MoEWOE, in delivering a wide range of welfare services to Bangladeshi migrant workers. Such services should focus on individual assistance, community-based support and structural interventions. A wide variety of government and private sector entities and CSOs, in collaboration with bilateral and multilateral development partners and intergovernmental institutions, should be involved in implementing the proposed returnee services framework.