Strengthened and Informative Migration Systems (SIMS)

Labour migration continues to play a crucial role in driving development in Bangladesh. Through the current project, we aim to bolster the country’s socio-economic growth by enhancing the quality of life for migrant workers. Our objective is to empower these workers and their families to make well-informed decisions that lead to a productive and secure migration experience, ultimately reducing the associated social costs.

Furthermore, the project aligns with the parliamentary mandate to forge stronger connections between Swiss migration policy and international cooperation. By supporting migrant workers and promoting safe migration practices, we contribute to the broader goal of harmonizing migration efforts on a global scale.

Background

The migration sector confronts several challenges, including limited resources, insufficient policy implementation capacity, and a lack of quality services reaching the grassroots level. Nonetheless, migration remains a vital component of the Bangladeshi economy, contributing significantly in terms of employment opportunities and remittance inflows. However, potential migrant workers often lack information about destination countries, their rights, and the economic and social implications of migration, making them and their families more vulnerable.

The project focuses on three districts—Cumilla, Chattogram, and Narsingdi—all of which experience high poverty rates and a substantial influx of male and female labor migration. Unfortunately, these districts lack sufficient government and non-government agencies offering essential migration services. In light of these challenges, the project aims to bridge the gaps by increasing access to safer migration services and bolstering the government’s capacity and commitment to providing such crucial support.

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