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Specific Allocation in Budget Demanded for Migrants, their Families

16 migrant rights bodies on Sunday urged the government to increase allocation for returnee migrants and migration sector during this COVID-19 pandemic. In a joint statement, they said that the proposed budget for FY 2020-2021 had little attention to allocate specific funds for the migrant workers and their families. The organizations include OKUP, BNSK, BRAC, IID, WARBE, INAFI, BOMSA, BASUG, KARMOJIBI NARI, MJF, BNPS, DEVCOM, IMA , AWAJ FOUNDATION

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Remittances spur Bangladesh forex reserves to record $34.23 amid pandemic

Emergency funds of $732 million from the International Monetary Fund also drove the reserves, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal told bdnews24.com on Wednesday. “The good news has given us courage to fight COVID-19,” he said. The foreign exchange reserves reached record $34.23 billion on Wednesday. Officials said it was equal to import bills of eight months. Reserves hit the previous high of $33.68 billion on Sept 5, 2017. It has since hovered

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BASUG Analysis on Impact of COVID-19 on Migration

Netherland based Bangladeshi Diaspora organization BASUG has analyzed the impact of corona pandemic on the migration, challenges and way forward in its recent publication. ‘COVID-19 has brought most of the world to a halt. It has already made huge impact on every aspects of our society, economy and our day-to-day lives across the globe,’ according to 15th Year of Publication  of BASUG, Special Consultative Status of UN Economic and Social Council

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Over 40,000 Bangladeshis may be legalised in Bahrain

Over 40,000 undocumented Bangladeshi migrants have been in the process of being legalised in Bahrain under its ongoing general amnesty that began since early this month amid COVID-19 crisis, according to Bangladesh Embassy in Manama. ‘Amid COVID-19 pandemic, it is good news that Bahrain is legalising Bangladeshi undocumented workers,’ said Bangladesh labour councillor in Manama Sheikh Mohammed Tauhidul Islam. He told New Age on Monday that about

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Stalked by hunger in foreign lands

Facing hardships amid virus fallout, over 1 lakh Bangladeshi workers in Middle East in need of food assistance Jamil Mahmud and Rashidul Hasan Over one lakh Bangladeshis in different Middle Eastern countries are suffering acute hunger while many other Bangladeshis have become unemployed amid the shutdown of economies across the world. In different parts of the world, Bangladeshi migrants are struggling to pay their rent, buy essentials and bear

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Bangladesh export earning was half the remittance inflow in April amid pandemic

With the coronavirus pandemic pounding the global economy, Bangladesh’s export earnings in April dropped below the remittances received for the first time in its history Expatriate Bangladeshis sent $1.08 billion in the month, calming fears of remittance dropping below $1 billion. Remittance accounts for 12 percent of Bangladesh’s GDP. The businesses exported goods worth $520 million, just a little over half the remittance. The export earnings

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Coronavirus pandemic hits Bangladesh remittance stream hard

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted diaspora remittance by Bangladeshi abroad with hundreds of thousands of migrant workers returning home and most of the rest struggling to cope up with lockdowns in large parts of the world. The sharp reduction in remittance is likely to add to the economic strain. In March, the expatriate workers sent home around $1.29 billion, which is the lowest in 15 months and 12.84 percent less than February. The year-on-year

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Activists Demand Humanitarian Behavior For Migrants Not Hatred

Migration experts and civil society organizations on Saturday demanded protection of migrant workers of Bangladesh amid outbreak of COVID-19 showing humanitarian behavior with not hatred to them. They appealed to the government of Bangladesh to ensure migrants’ access to information and services at home and destinations. In a statement, the migration experts urged the Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment ministry to provide migrants with

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Call to protect rights of migrants amid coronavirus pandemic

Bangladeshi migrants’ rights campaigners on Saturday asked the government to protect the rights of the migrants amid outbreak of COVID-19 by showing humanitarian behaviour with them not hatred, ensuring their access to information and services at home and destination countries. In a statement, they requested the Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry to provide migrants with health and financial support through Bangladesh embassies

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Government urged to protect migrants, diaspora communities

Leading migration experts on Monday called on the government to protect Bangladeshi migrant workers and diaspora communities from the troubles that they faced abroad. They also called for steps to link the diaspora communities with the development activities in the country to reap the benefits of migration. The experts made their remarks at a workshop titled Advancing Development through Partnership and Collective Action: Enriching Migration Cycle

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