Social and Economic Exclusion and Migration: Inclusion of Excluded Groups into Migration Process (SEEM) project


With the motto “Increase the opportunity of socially and economically excluded groups to benefit from migration”, RMMRU undertook the project Social and Economic Exclusion and Migration (SEEM). Under this project, RMMRU has generated evidence based knowledge on returnee female migrants titled, “Social Cost of Women Migration”, “Life Changing Storytelling on the Causes of Migration” and published a policy brief with concrete suggestions for result-oriented actions required in terms of reintegration of those who returned abruptly due to COVID-19. It has also published a health and life skill training manual for potential female migrants.

RMMRU is successfully running the Obhibashi Sheba Kendra and rendering emergency services like providing food, shelter and medical treatment to affected migrants. It also helps facilitate the return of vulnerable female migrants to their families. During the COVID-19 pandemic, SEEM project is innovatively providing emergency services in collaboration with the FLM project and has ensured reintegration for 13,211 beneficiaries.

The project created opportunities of entrepreneurship/employment through referrals and linkage development with the government and NGOs of 176 returnee migrants. Alongside this, 282 marginalised returnees and their left-behind family members received skills development training and entrepreneurship assistance.

Project Working Location

RMMRU is the pioneer in the formation of community based organisation Migrant Rights Protection Committees (MRPCs) at the union level. It has engaged the local elites and community leaders including returned migrants, family member of migrants, local government representatives, teachers, students, journalists, businessmen and religious leaders. The MRPC is an innovation of RMMRU to enhance knowledge and capacity on safe migration and remittance management in protection of migrant rights and reduce the vulnerability of migrant workers. MRPCs are also playing a vital role in lodging of online complaints and organising awareness creating campaigns at grassroots level like courtyard meeting, haat shava, miking, rallies, street theatre, video screening, distributing leaflets etc. MRPC members are also engaging to build linkage with service providers to connect with potential, departing migrants and migrants’ families in receiving pre-decision, pre-departure, health and life skill training. As part of the campaign on safe migration and building awareness against COVID-19, RMMRU administered training to 5178 potential migrants.

The project is supported by MJF and funded by FCDO, UKAid. RMMRU along with its partner organisations CCDA and BFF have implemented the field-level activities in Cumilla and Faridpur covering 28 unions of 4 Upazilas.