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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Labour Migration

Labour Migration


Today, an estimated 86 million persons globally are working in a country other than that of their birth. From Bangladesh alone around 8.5 million migrants are estimated to be working in over 150 different countries based on 2013 government figures. Despite the efforts made to ensure the protection of migrant workers, many migrants continue to experience numerous problems particularly more vulnerable groups, such as female domestic workers, entertainers and lower skilled workers.

Organized and well managed labour migration has enormous potential for Governments, communities, migrants, employers and other stakeholders in countries of origin and destination. While job creation at home is the first best option, an increasing number of countries see international labour migration as an integral part of national development and employment strategies by taking advantage of global employment opportunities and bringing in foreign exchange.

To protect migrant workers and to optimize the benefits of labour migration for both the country of origin and destination as well as for the migrants themselves, clearly formulated labour migration policies, legislation and effective strategies are required.

Main Activities

Recent and Current Projects

·   Policy advice and capacity building on labour migration management

·   Information dissemination and awareness raising

·   Recruitment facilitation

·   Interstate Dialogue and Cooperation

·   SDC supported project ‘Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh’, jointly implemented by the ILO, IOM, UN Women and Government of Bangladesh

·   EC supported project ‘Strengthening migration management capacities in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal and the Philippines for replication in other Colombo Process Member States’ jointly implemented by IOM and UN Women

·   SDC supported project ‘Mainstreaming Migration into National Development Strategies’ jointly implemented by IOM and UNDP

·   ‘UN Joint Programme to Address Violence Against Women (UN-JPVAW)’

IOM Bangladesh Labour Migration Activities

Policy advice and capacity building in labour migration Management

IOM provides policy advice and capacity building support to the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (MoEWOE) in developing and adopting policies, legislation and structures which promote efficient and effective migration management.

Information and awareness raising

IOM works in close collaboration with the government and key civil society partners in the country to prevent irregular migration and exploitation of migrants through awareness raising activities and dissemination of information to migrants, their families, and the community in general. Moreover, IOM works to improve migrants’ access to information on immigration and labour legislation through the establishment of migrant resource centers; information campaigns and outreach activities in countries of origin and destination; and country specific pre departure orientation information and modules for migrant workers and members of their family. IOM has also developed a National Communications Strategy on Safe Migration in coordination with the Government of Bangladesh and other key stakeholders.

Facilitation of foreign recruitment and circular migration

Increasingly, governments as well as private sector entities seek IOM’s assistance to ensure transparent, equitable recruitment schemes so that migrant workers are placed in decent working conditions in particular within the framework of bilateral arrangements. IOM’s specific areas of focus include information dissemination, database set-up and registration of potential migrant workers, matching skills with demand, selection and pre-departure orientation, transit and post-arrival assistance, complementary orientation in the receiving country, job placement, return and reintegration in the country of origin.

Interstate dialogue and regional cooperation

Dialogue and cooperation among States involved in labour migration processes is essential if international labour migration is to benefit all the stakeholders involved. IOM therefore facilitates inter-state dialogue and regional cooperation through research, regional conferences. IOM also ensures the participation of government to various regional and global consultative processes such as the Ministerial Consultations on Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin in Asia (Colombo Process), Bali Process, the Asia-EU Dialogue on Labour Migration, the Global Forum on Migration and Development, the UN High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development and the Global Leadership Meeting on Population Dynamics in the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.


  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • European Commission (EC)