Return and Reintegration of Migrant Workers in Bangladesh

The project’s over-arching goal is to make reintegration economically and socially sustainable for returnee migrants, so that they do not feel obliged to re-migrate. The project will raise awareness of the obstacles returnee men and women migrants are facing. The collaboration with European partners will allow to influence the discourse on dignified and development-oriented migration and return in Bangladesh

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Migration generally (development aspects and partnerships)
Labour migration
01.01.2019 - 31.08.2022
CHF  1’330’000

Migration is the second largest contributor to the GDP in Bangladesh, but little is done to make the remittances of migrants sustainable, so that they do not have to remigrate. There is no regulatory framework for socio-economic reintegration of returnee migrants and no obligation of duty bearers, in particular the Government, to this group of migrants. In addition, women returnee migrants face stigma from their family and community related to perceived or real sexual exploitation of the female migrants.

The support to a safer migration management will contribute to a stable and economically as well as socially inclusive Bangladesh and a peaceful, safe and prospering development of this densely populated region of South Asia. Based on its values, Switzerland has an interest that international migration is regular, secure, respects human dignity and the human rights of migrants.

The issue of return and reintegration of migrants is embedded in the Cooperation Strategy’s Outcome 3 of the Safer Migration domain, which proposes to work with the productive investment of remittances.

Objectives To improve the well-being of migrant workers and their families after reintegration.
Target groups

The project will work in 6 districts (30 Upazilas):

971’000 community members

4’420 men and women returnees of which :

  • 2’000 returnee migrant women for social reintegration and 500 returnee migrant women for emergency support
  • 2’120 men and women for technical skills
  • 300 returnees and their household for financial literacy

Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET), District Employment and Manpower Office (DEMO), Deputy Commissioner’s office- Probashi Kollayan Desk, District Social Welfare office, District Youth Development Office, Technical Training Centres

Medium-term outcomes
  1. Men and women returnee migrants are reintegrated economically and socially in their communities.
  2. The government recognizes the need for policy, act and rules for the welfare of returnee migrants and initiates the drafting process.
  3. Returnee migrants and their families use remittances for productive investment.

Expected results:  

  1. Community members are sensitized about irregular migration;
  2. Men and women returnees have received skills training;
  3. Returnee women migrants receive counselling for reintegration;
  4. Civil Society Organizations advocate to the Government for the welfare of returnee migrants;
  5. Duty bearers are trained on the support needed for reintegration of returnee migrant workers.
  6. Returnee migrants and/or their families receive financial literacy training;

Results from previous phases:   N/A

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO

Other partners
BRAC (Bangladeshi NGO which has subsidiaries abroad), through a contribution
Coordination with other projects and actors ERRIN Network and European Union (EU), Application of Migration Policy for Decent Work/ILO, Global Programme on Migration and Development (GPMD), Embassy of Denmark, European Union
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’330’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’198’762
Project phases Phase 1 01.01.2019 - 31.08.2022   (Current phase)