Inclusive and Sustainable Economic and Psycho-social Reintegration: A Survivor-Centered Approach for the Returned Migrants (ISEPR)

October 2022- March 2023


Inclusive and Sustainable Economic and Psycho-social Reintegration: A Survivor-Centered Approach for the Returned Migrants (ISEPR) project has been implementing in Kalihati Upazila of Tangail supported by British High Commission. The project will last for six months. The purpose of the project is to strengthen community-based organizations to ensure gender responsive sustainable economic and psycho-social reintegration of returned and survivor migrants through accessing institutional supports provided by government and private organisations and upholding the voice of the vulnerable migrants to establish their rights towards successful reintegration.

The project plans to engage returnee migrants, address their vulnerability in context of social, access to justice and economic reintegration for affected men and women migrants. It will also contribute in developing the institutional strength, accountable and responsive services in reducing the returned distresses and ensure the rights of the survivors. Through the intervention, RMMRU will innovatively develop a survivor centered approach to the social and economic reintegration of vulnerable migrant workers. Conduct policy research, advocacy initiatives and connect with relevant functionaries for reintegration of the returnees by supporting legal, justice, economic and social rights and grassroots interventions besides acknowledging their contribution. The approach will reflect the survivors’ voice in the initiatives to influence the policy to provide protection of them in their migration journey.

Major activities under this project are
1. Research and policy advocacy to address gaps in terms of reintegration, gather data/profile of the targeted survivors and identify scope for collaboration with the government functionaries.
2. Manage Shelter Home to provide psycho-social counselling and economic reintegration services to those female migrants who have returned after being physically or sexually abused.
3. Pilot market-oriented business to economically rehabilitate the returned migrants by transforming some of them into entrepreneurs. Ensure referral to different business advisory private sector organisations and Government’s extension services related to enterprises pursued by the migrants.
4. Ensure access to justice by Grievance Management System for failed and defrauded returned migrants to protect the vulnerability of survivor community and reduce social cost of returnees particularly for women and their families.