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The ILO Office in Bangladesh publishes reports, working papers, brochures and training manuals. Some of these can be downloaded directly. Others can be requested or purchased in hard copy from the ILO Library in Dhaka. Email

2014

  1. Gender and Migration form Bangladesh: Mainstreaming Migration into the National Development plans from a Gender Perspective

    30 September 2014

    The study aims to present various dimensions and challenges of labour migration by women in Bangladesh. The status and dynamics of women migrant workers in terms of their remittance flows to Bangladesh, the position they hold in countries of destination, the particular occupations in which they are employed, and the skills they hold have been investigated in this research endeavour. In addition, the various dimensions of their migration experience, including the earlier stages, the pros and cons of overseas life, and their status and scope of reintegration upon return have also been discussed.

  2. "Reinforcing ties: Enhancing contributions from Bangladeshi diaspora members"

    23 September 2014

    The ability of the Bangladeshi Diaspora to adapt and become an integral part of their host community often makes people in Bangladesh feel that as their Diasporas age and take root in the host countries, their contribution to the country of origin declines. Findings from this study suggest that perception has been wrong. With enormous progress taking root across Bangladesh, the country has witnessed eagerness of its Diaspora to be a part of it. Bangladeshi Diaspora is uniquely positioned to contribute to boosting not only economic growth but also prosperity in other forms. Bangladeshi Diaspora has been making significant contributions in development of information communication technologies, promotion of education and training, and bringing some life-changing and quality enhancing innovations to Bangladesh.

  3. In the corridors of remittance

    11 September 2014

    This study reinforces the existing belief that remittances are an important livelihood strategy for Bangladeshi households. In times of crisis, remittances have played a significant role in people’s survival and recovery. The most recent example comes from the global financial crisis, which began in the latter half of 2007. Bangladesh’s export sectors were affected by this downturn. Labour migration was also affected due to the decrease in the number of jobs available overseas and increasingly strict enforcement of restrictive immigration policies. However, the stock of Bangladeshi migrant workers who stayed in jobs overseas continued remitting money. Indeed, remittances have contributed to higher consumption and certain other benefits such as improved education and health. On the negative side, remittances are also seen as a major element of the speculative price-rise of the assets migrant households like to buy, such as, land. There is, now, a growing interest in improving financial services for better investment of savings from remittances and also in improving remittance management skills of the migrant workers and their households.

  4. Skilling the workforce Labour migration and skills recognition and certification in Bangladesh

    09 September 2014

    Bangladesh is the eighth most populous country in the world and 60.63 per cent (87 million) of its total population lies in the 15-to-49-year-old age bracket. The availability of such a large workforce is surely a demographic dividend for Bangladesh. However, exposed to a complex socio-economic environment with high rates of unemployment and underemployment, poverty, land scarcity, and low wages for low-skilled and skilled workers, a good number of the Bangladeshi people have sought out overseas employment. Demand for cheaper labour and shortages of semi-skilled and low-skilled worker in the destination countries has created opportunities for the overseas employment of Bangladeshi workers.

  5. Skilling the workforce Labour migration and skills recognition and certification in Bangladesh

    03 September 2014

    Bangladesh is one of the largest human resource-rich countries meeting the demands of labour in the international market. It is estimated that between 1976 and 2012 approximately 8,307,749 workers left their home country to work in over 157 countries worldwide. Bangladeshi workers employed overseas contribute an equivalent of 13 per cent of GDP through their remittances. Given such significance of overseas employment, issues of technical and vocational skills and life-skills of the workers are gradually gaining strength in the country. This report provides an overview of the institutional arrangement in respect of technical and vocational skills in Bangladesh as well as brings out the variety of factors recognized to influence preparation of the workers for overseas employment.

  6. Newsletter, January-June, 2014

    18 August 2014

    The fourth Labour Migration Project newsletter highlighting the major achievements of the “Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh” project in the first half of 2014. This edition of the newsletter carries news on the ongoing recruitment agency code of conduct and classification system; standardization of pre-departure orientation services; data sharing between BMET and the Immigration; External market analysis; and many more.

  7. Promoting cooperation for safe migration and decent work

    02 July 2014

    This publication is based on the "International Regional Seminar on Promoting Cooperation for Safe Migration and Decent Work", which took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 1 and 2 July 2013 and presents papers on themes such as protection and support services for women and men migrant workers, well-being of the women migrant workers from Bangladesh and regulation of international recruitment. This report also contains collective views of the participants in a report of the proceedings and the Dhaka statement, which was jointly issued by the participants.

  8. Promoting Cooperation for Safe Migration and Decent Work

    02 July 2014

    This publication is based on the "International Regional Seminar on Promoting Cooperation for Safe Migration and Decent Work", which took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 1 and 2 July 2013 and presents papers on themes such as protection and support services for women and men migrant workers, well-being of the women migrant workers from Bangladesh and regulation of international recruitment. This report also contains collective views of the participants in a report of the proceedings and the Dhaka statement, which was jointly issued by the participants.

  9. Labour market transitions of young women and men in Bangladesh

    03 June 2014

    This report presents the highlights of the 2013 School-to-work Transition Survey (SWTS) run together with the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics within the framework of the ILO Work4Youth Project.

  10. Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) Project

    15 May 2014

    The B-SEP Project aims to contribute to the creation of a pool of better trained and qualified workforce in key industry sectors in order to contribute to decent work, sustainable economic development, poverty reduction and social inclusion in Bangladesh.

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