Developing effective up-to-date programs that benefit migrant workers is one of the primary goals of RMMRU. Below is a list of the programs RMMRU is currently engaged in: 

Funded by: Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
Duration: 2021-2023 (3 years)

Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit is working for the well-being of the migrant workers and their family members, particularly the marginalized men and women in safer migration practices through improved quality of services and information. The Strengthened and Informative Migration Systems Project (SIMS) project supports to make informed choices related to migration, ensure access to justice and provide financial literacy to the migrant community.

Geographical Area:

The geographical coverage of the project is in twenty-five unions in five Upazilas of Cumilla district (Adarsha Sadar, Sadar Dakhin, Chandina, Muradnagar, Daudkandi).

Outcome of SIMS Project:

Outcome 1: Men and women migrant workers make an informed decision on migration with a view to choose pathways that maximize economic returns and minimize risks related to migration;

Outcome 2: Public and private sector providers have improved capacity to provide necessary services for safe migration;

Outcome 3: Migrants and their family members are able to reduce exposure to external shocks by using remittances more effectively.

Time Frame: 1st August'20 - 15 May'21
Funded By: Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development

Time Frame: January 2019 to December 2021
Funded By: Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF)

Labour migration has emerged as one of the primary concerns for economic and social development of our country. Over the last few years, it has been the highest foreign exchange earning sector in Bangladesh. The limitation of local employment opportunity insists migrants to move for overseas employment. A numbers of less skilled, semi-skilled and skilled labors are working in Middle East and other countries. Over the times the flow of migration is increasing and Bangladesh is the eighth highest remittance receiving country in the world. The general perception is that most of the migrants are economically well off. But unfortunately, our study shows that 51% of migrant households experienced, harassment, torture and degrading behavior during their migration process. Among this group, 19% could not go abroad after paying money and 31% faced mistreated and inhuman behavior at destination country. Average 50% of these migrants and their families are socially excluded and deprive of facilities including jurisdiction system, budget allocation, migration policy, reintegration policy, etc.


The Goal of the project is to increase the opportunity of socially and economically excluded groups to benefit from migration in all three phases, before, during and upon return; particularly for women.


Our experience help to design the new plan in the title of ‘Social and Economic Exclusion and Migration: Inclusion of Excluded Groups into Migration Process with major dimensions in women migration its geographic and thematic coverage. Like previous years we willimplement the field activities through developing a partnership with 2 different local NGO’s at 8 unions in 8 Upazillas under 2 districts in Bangladesh. RMMRU also implement and develop an emergency support centre for female migrants and also at Gazipur district. We plan to focus on policy including situation analysis on social cost, policy advocacy in a different context of women migration, reintegration policy, Shadow report. Awareness campaigning activities by engaging community group/representative of returnees in collecting evidence-based information, legal assistance for affected women migrants and left behind families.  Develop a model of skill development training course for potential female migrant workers. Social and economic reintegration support for women returnees etc. The comprehensive initiatives of the project will support to ensure migration governance and establish migrant rights in COD and COO. In project period it plans to reach at least 40% of migrants and left behind families as targeted stakeholders and beneficiaries.

Output and Major Activities

Issue-based consultation and Policy documents on return reintegration, develop Shadow report for UN, Returnee reintegration through Psychosocial, economic reintegration and business advisory support, address the vulnerability of returnees and establish access to justice, skill development for create the scope of decent job for female migrant workers, establish of Caregiver training/H&life skill course, develop training module, IEC materials, documentary and Information dissemination through awareness activities etc.  

Direct Beneficiaries:   project has targeted potential, affected and returnee women migrant workers, their families and children’s as direct beneficiaries.

 Major Stalkeholders: MOFA, MoEWOE, BMET, DEMO, TTC, BAIRA, NHRC, Ministry of Labour, Local Government, PKB, NLASO, CSO’s of destination, etc.

Time Frame: March 2018 to September 2021
Funded By: British Council

RMMRU has started working on the Fairer Labour Migration (FLM) project supported by British Council to establish good governance in the migration sector in Bangladesh. Under the project, RMMRU will take a series of initiatives at the grassroots level to ensure application of the Migration Act 2013, conduct researches and will take different activities to make a strong grievance management system at field level.

The Major Objectives of the Project:

1. Establishing fair recruitment system in the field of labour migration from Bangladesh.
2. Ensuring the protection of the migrants and their family members.
3. Assisting the local government institutions in Bangladesh in order to enhance their skills and helping them to establishing the overall rule of law.

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