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Here you will find the day to day activities at RMMRU including posts from our various employees and the projects they are currently working on. We will also be running regular posts on key migration issues effecting Bangladesh and other South Asian countries. If you are interested in writing a piece for our blog please mail all submissions to info@rmmru.org

“One village above water, another below” – Md. Saiful Islam (Sourav)

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I got the chance to work for RMMRU and through this organization, I was able to visit many places that I have never been before. I visited these places for my research work which allowed me to visit many rural places. This was my first opportunity to learn first-hand about nature climate change and life in these regions. I was surprised when I saw village people surviving day by day for their livelihood or family. Two villages were divided by a road. One village is still under water and another is more developed. That village is still...

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“Different gender norms surprise” by Nazia Bushra

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The thing I want to share is that this was a difficult journey. Though the roads were muddy and slippery, we had to go and conduct our research. In some areas, the respondents were quite conservative and didn’t want to speak with my male partner, preferring to speak with someone of the same gender. In that case, I went to take her into a separate room and took all the information we were seeking. In addition, migration and adaptation techniques are not the same within a locality as well as within any family. In Bagerchat, the salinity...

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“Life depends on the tides” Md. Nasif Alam

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I got some real life experience which I could not get anywhere else. I saw how people lead their lives in coastal regions of Bangladesh. Their lives depend on the low and high tides which really surprised me. Near Cox’s Bazaar, most people we met were fishermen. Their lives depend on the rivers. Both the sea and the rivers are crucial for their survival. Natural calamities have ruined their livelihoods year after year. In Maheshkhali, Gorokghata area was very damaged from the Sidr cyclone. A large area was totally destroyed which had still...

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“Coastal people well adapted to environment” by Tamanna Nazneen

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’ve had the great opportunity to work as a Field Research Assistant with the DECCMA project. Under this project, I have had the opportunity to travel to several coastal districts in Bangladesh to perform field work. I have achieved a lot of experience during the field work. I have observed the lives of climate refugees very closely. In Chan fashion, Bhola district, I came to know a form of observation that was new to me. The coastal peoples have become very accustomed and adapted to the changing tides. I interviewed several families who...

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“Char Lakshmi cannot address problems alone” by Tanjim Uddin

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In the DECCMA project, I worked as a Field Research Assistant in thirty different unions and wards across six districts over the past seven months. Among those Char Lakshmi is one of the most hazardous areas as it is located beside the Meghna River in Ramgati Upazila of Lashmipur district.The people of the village are affected strongly by erosion in the area. They lost many of their valuables to the Meghna River about a decade ago. At first, they took shelter on different high grounds. Many migrated to other places, losing their homes and...

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A Poster on “A Scenario of Migration of the GBM Delta, Bangladesh”

Posted by on Oct 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This poster presents the migration scenario of the GBM Delta of Bangladesh. A study of 8713households in 50 climate change hot spots of Bangladesh found that 34% (2962) of thehouseholdsof 14 districts ismigrant households. Of these, almost 11% (949) are international migrant households, and 23% (2013) are internal migrant households, which is almost two or three times greater than existing estimates from earlier studies(HIES, 2010; Sharma and Zaman, 2009; Hossain, Kazal and Ahmed, 2013). This study is conducted under DECCMA Project of RMMRU...

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International labour migration – Dr. Tasneem Siddiqui

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

International labour migration has been an integral part of Bangladesh’s economic and social Development since the 1980s. It creates employment, ensures stability to foreign exchange reserve and in the context of 7th five-year plan of the country, it offers additional avenues to the government to attain its long term developmental goals.Along with the review of the challenges and achievements of government, this piece suggests steps that can be taken in migration governance in the coming years.  First let us look at level and extent of...

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Reviewing initiatives for migrant well-being – C R Abrar

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

2015 has been an important year for the labour migration sector in Bangladesh. In contrast to preceding years, the year has seen a major boost in the outward flow of Bangladeshi workers. It was also marked by substantial increase in the flow of female workers. The decision to review the ill-conceived Government-to-Government (G2G) initiative with Malaysia was accompanied by a gradual increase in the flow of migrants to that country and tapering of the flow through irregular routes. In 2015 Bangladesh was bestowed with the privilege of hosting...

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শ্রম অভিবাসন সরাসরি রিক্রুটিং এজেন্সির মাধ্যমে বিদেশে যায় ৪.৬% – মেহেদী আল আমিন (প্রথম পর্ব)

Posted by on Jan 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

প্রতি বছর বাড়ছে জনশক্তি রফতানি। তবে বিদেশে যেতে বৈধ রিক্রুটিং এজেন্টের কাছে সরাসরি পৌঁছতে পারছেন মাত্র ৪ দশমিক ৬ শতাংশ শ্রমিক। বাকিরা দালালের মাধ্যমে এজেন্সিতে যান। এতে বেড়ে যায় তাদের অভিবাসন ব্যয়। মুন্সীগঞ্জের সিরাজদিখান উপজেলার মো. মনির হোসেন। দুই বছর আগে দালালের মাধ্যমে কুয়েত যেতে খরচ করেছেন সাড়ে ৪ লাখ টাকা। গত ডিসেম্বরে দেশে ফিরেছেন এ প্রবাসী শ্রমিক। তিনি বলেন, ‘প্রতি মাসে বেতন পেয়েছি ২২ হাজার টাকা। এখনো ঋণের টাকা পরিশোধ করতে পারিনি। ছুটিতে এসেছি, আবার গিয়ে ঋণের বাকি টাকা পরিশোধ করে তার পর সঞ্চয়ের কথা ভাবব। আর পরিবারের ভরণপোষণ তো আছেই।’...

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প্রবাসী শ্রমিক আয়ের ৯০% দেশে পাঠাচ্ছেন নারীরা (দ্বিতীয় পর্ব)

Posted by on Jan 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

প্রবাসী শ্রমিক আয়ের ৯০% দেশে পাঠাচ্ছেন নারীরা মেহেদী আল আমিন অভিবাসন খরচ তুলনামূলক কম হওয়ায় বিভিন্ন দেশে নারী শ্রমিক প্রেরণ আগের চেয়ে বেড়েছে। সেই সঙ্গে বেড়েছে প্রবাসী নারী শ্রমিকদের রেমিট্যান্স পাঠানোর হারও। শুধু তাই নয়, আয়ের অংশের দিক থেকে পুরুষের তুলনায় বেশি রেমিট্যান্স পাঠান প্রবাসী বাংলাদেশী নারী শ্রমিকরা। সুইস এজেন্সি ফর ডেভেলপমেন্ট অ্যান্ড কো-অপারেশন (এসডিসি) ও রিফিউজি অ্যান্ড মাইগ্রেটরি মুভমেন্টস রিসার্চ ইউনিটের (রামরু) একাধিক প্রতিবেদনে এসব তথ্য পাওয়া গেছে। ‘বাংলাদেশ থেকে শ্রম অভিবাসনের গতি-প্রকৃতি ২০১৫: সাফল্য ও চ্যালেঞ্জ’ শীর্ষক...

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