Bangladesh Mission Overview
IOM Bangladesh was officially established in 1998. It has a country office in Dhaka, and has sub offices in Sylhet, Chittagong, Teknaf and Cox’s Bazar. The cooperation and collaboration between the Government of Bangladesh and IOM dates to 1992, when IOM supported the Government of Bangladesh to rescue 63,000 stranded Bangladeshi migrant workers in the Persian Gulf Crisis.
IOM has been providing technical assistance to the Government of Bangladesh on myriads of issues surrounding migration management to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration. The major contribution has been on system strengthening - capacity development, policy formulation and implementation of programmes including secretariat support to the Chair of the Colombo Process in 2011 and the Global Forum on Migration and Development in 2016. IOM provided technical assistance to the GoB in formulation of policies, to mainstream migration in the development planning process that includes a chapter on migration and development of the 7th five-year plan and to develop a Standard Operating Procedures on recruitment monitoring to name a few. Capacity development initiatives were carried out to train the law enforcement agencies and labour attaches. Numerous programmes on awareness raising, promotion of safe migration, rescue and reintegration, building resilience & social protection of the rights of migrants, skills development has been implemented in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh.
The largest intervention is in Cox Bazar, which is being coordinated and implemented by IOM to support the forcibly displaced Myanmar Nationals. Currently, IOM is supporting in the areas of Shelter/NFI, Site Management and Development, WASH, Health, Gender Based Violence, alternative energy and Communications with Communities.