Global Experts Meeting on Migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Global Experts Meeting on Migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda tookplace in the context of increasing recognition that migration is a key driver of sustainabledevelopment.

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IOM signs MoU with German Embassy for Document Verification

On January 19, 2015, IOM and the German Embassy signed a Memorandum of Understanding which gives IOM the authority to verify educational documents of applicants to various academic institutions of Germany for Undergraduate and Masters Programme.

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IOM continues to expand Migration Health Department

IOM provide Health Assessment services to immigrants bound to Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and the United States, along with promoting the health of migrants and their host communities.

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Raising Migration Awareness through Street Theatre all over Bangladesh.

Using medium of street theatres and community meetings with potential migrants and local government officials at grass roots level, IOM has been raising awareness on key issues related to safe and orderly migration.

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Comprehensive Service Delivery for vulnerable population of Cox’s Bazar

Working together with Government of Bangladesh (GoB) increase access to Primary Health Care and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services for vulnerable and hard to reach communities in Cox’s Bazar.

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

On December 9th, 2014, IOM together with UNHCR organized a National Consultation to discuss issues related to human trafficking and smuggling through the South East region of Bangladesh.

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Café Joyeeta (previously Kafe Mukti), in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Mukti project, re-opened its Department of Women Affairs outlet this Tuesday, 4th March.

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New address of Migration Health Assessment Clinic - IOM MHAC

IOM Global

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
  • Field Location increased from 119 in 1998 to more than 481
  • Active Projects increased from 686 in 1998 to more than 2,396 in 204
  • Operational Staff increased from approximately 1,100 in 1998 to more than 9,000 almost entirely in the Filed
  • Total expenditure increased from USD 242.2 million in 1998 to USD 2039 million in 2014
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Facts and Figures

8.6 million

Estimated number of Bangladeshi migrants worldwide


Percentage of the Bangladesh’s population who are migrants

  • Oman (26.20%), Qatar (19.67), Singapore (13.21%), UAE (5.64%) and Bahrain (5.32%) were the top destinations for Bangladeshi migrants in 2014.
  • Comilla, Chittagong, Tangail, Brahmanbaria and Dhaka are the districts with the most number of migrants (from 2005 – 2010).
  • Bangladeshi migrants are categorized into low-skilled (51.87%), semi-skilled (15.28%), skilled (32.68%) and professional (0.17%). (2013) .

Percentage of Bangladeshi migrants who were women in 2013

  • The actual number of women migrants, including those who migrated through regular and irregular channels is believed to be higher.
  • Lebanon (31.51%), United Arab Emirates (26.64%) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (15.32%) host of most number of Bangladeshi women migrants (from 1991 – 2014).    (BBS)
USD 13,832.1 million 

Remittances sent by Bangladeshi migrants in 2013

    • Remittances have increased exponentially: up from USD 781.54 million in 1990 to USD 13832.13 million in  2013.
    • The actual amount of remittances, including unrecorded flows through formal and informal channels, is believed to be significantly larger.
    • In 2013 the top five remitting countries for Bangladeshi migrants were Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Malaysia and Singapore. (BMET).
    232 million 

    Estimated number of international migrants worldwide

    • The total number of international migrants worldwide increased 232 million.

    Percentage of the world's population who are migrants

      • One of out of every 33 persons in the world today is a migrant (whereas in 2000 one out of every 35 persons was a migrant).
      • The percentage of migrants has remained relatively stable as a share of the total population, increasing by only 0.2 per cent (from 2.9 to 3.1 per cent), over the last decade.
      • The number of international migrants varies greatly from country to country. Countries with a highest number of international migrants include USA (45.8 million), Russian Federation (11 million), Germany (9.8 million), Saudi Arabia (9.1 million), and United Arab Emirates (7.8 million), and United Kingdom (7.8 million).
      • Countries with a low percentage of migrants include South Africa (3.7 per cent), Slovakia (2.4 per cent), Turkey (1.9 per cent), Japan (1.7 per cent), Nigeria (0.7 per cent), Romania (0.6 per cent), India (0.4 per cent) and Indonesia (0.1 per cent)


      Migrants would constitute the fifth most populous country in the world

      • Migration is now more widely distributed across more countries.Today the top 10 countries of destination receive a smaller share of all migrants than in 2000.
      49%  Percentage of migrants worldwide who are women
      USD 550 billion 

      Estimated remittances sent by migrants in 2013

      • The actual amount, including unrecorded flows through formal and informal channels, is believed to be significantly larger.
      • India, with its emigrant stock of 14 million people, the world's largest, remain in the top spot, attracting about $72 billion in remittances. It is followed by China, which is projected to earn $64 billion. With $15b expected in 2014; Bangladesh retains 8th position in remittance earning.
      • Rich countries are the main source of remittances. The United States is by far the largest, with USD 48.3 billion in recorded outward flows in 2009. Saudi Arabia ranks as the second largest, followed by Switzerland and Russia.
      $414 billion 

      Estimated remittances sent by migrants to developing countries in 2013

      33.3 million 

      Internally displaced persons in the world in 2013

      • IDP numbers have grown from 21 million in 2000 to 33.3 million at the end of 2013.
      16.7 million 

      Number of refugees in the world today 

      • Based on data from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the number of refugees stood at 16.7 million in 2013 compared to 15.2 million. in 2011 – an increase of around 1.5million.
      • The proportion of refugees in migrant stocks has fallen from 8.8 per cent in 2000 to 7.6 per cent in 2013.