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Raising Migration Awareness through Street Theatre all over Bangladesh.

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National Consultation on Human Trafficking and Smuggling through the South East region of Bangladesh, December 9th, 2014

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New address of Migration Health Assessment Clinic - IOM MHAC

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An inter governmental organization established in 1951, IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.

  • Membership increased from 67 States in 1998 to 157 States in 2014 and continues to grow
  • IOM offices in more than 150 countries
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National Consultation for the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2014

A National Consultation for the Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD) was held in Hotel Purbani, Dhaka on 17 April 2014. The consultation was organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Government of Bangladesh.  Representatives from different Ministries, Civil Society, NGOs and International Organizations participated in the consultation.

The consultation was inaugurated by the Honourable Foreign Secretary Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque, and amongst others present were, Secretary for Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Dr. Khandaker Shawkat Hossain, and the Chief of IOM Mission, Mr. Sarat Dash.

H.E. Engr. Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Honorable Minister for Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment was present at the closing session.

The GFMD and upcoming migration development meetings would be critical in determining whether or not migration would be included in the post-2015 development agenda said the FS, later stating that "Bangladesh would be one of the important countries in bringing the topic forward", and urging the gathered participants to continue to push migration into the global sphere. The Secretary of Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare in his address highlighted the work of the Government of Bangladesh in incorporating migration issues into the national development agenda. He highlighted the importance of the remittance sent by the migrant workers to the country’s economy and stressed the importance of addressing the challenges of migration through a multi sectorial approach. He stressed the need to give migration a momentum at this hour in aim to find a space in the post-2015 development framework.

 The National Consultation was designed in line with the agenda of 3 Round Tables of the upcoming 7th Global Forum on Migration and Development to be held from the 14th of May in Stockholm.  The themes of the Round table includes mainstreaming migration into global, regional and national development agendas, using migration as an enabler for inclusive economic development and using  migration as an enabler for inclusive social development.  

A number of recommendations came from the consultation that included ways of enhancing migration’s contribution to social and maximizing the impact of migration on economic development.


Referring to migration as an enabler for defining a future development agenda, the Honorable Minister in his statement reiterated the fact that contribution of migration to more structural aspects of development need to be considered and this should feed into the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda. As part the continued effort of the Government of Bangladesh to take migration forward the Honorable Minister mentioned of the upcoming Global Expert Meeting on Migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda on 28-29 April 2014 in Dhaka. He welcomed the key recommendations that came from the consultation and said that it would provide inputs for the Bangladesh delegation to take to the GFMD in Stockholm.