Women experience every stage of migration differently than men do, including returning back to the home country.

Shattered Dreams: Bangladeshi Migrant Workers during a Global Pandemic

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    The onset of the global pandemic exposed migrant workers to additional adverse situations, making them even more vulnerable and exposed to health risks.

    Existing weak labor systems in GCC countries combined with poor living conditions, restricted access to health care, scarce legal protection and limited information have amplified the vulnerabilities of the migrant worker population.

    In addition, forced repatriation of Bangladeshi migrant workers has led to a mass exodus of migrants back to their home country.

    This policy brief presents findings from a rapid assessment conducted to assess the multi-faceted impacts of COVID-19 on the Bangladesh OLR industry and migrant workers’ conditions and vulnerabilities.

    Key Findings

    1. There is limited reintegration support for returnee migrants
    2. There is increased risk of forced labor among returnee andpre-departure migrants
    3. There are a lack of interventions targeting skills-development, remigration, and pre-departure migrant protection
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    *This brief was prepared with support from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of FCDO or GFEMS.

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