Latest News on Migration

  • IOM lauds adoption of Global Compact for Migration

    Marrakesh, Morocco – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) today hailed the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, calling it an historic achievement by the international community.

    “Migration is the great issue of our era,” said IOM’s Director General António Vitorino and “the adoption of the Compact by an overwhelming majority of UN Member States should lead to a more balanced discourse, better policies and more widespread cooperation on migration.”

  • Bangladesh’s Largest Job Site, UN Migration Agency Partner to Combat Unethical Recruitment Practices

    Dhaka – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is partnering with Bangladesh’s largest online job portal Bdjobs.com Ltd. to provide the latest information to job seekers on overseas employment opportunities and connect them directly with employers. The two agencies on Sunday (11/11) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a new online portal that expects to go live within six months.

  • The UN Migration Agency calls for more structured and ethical recruitment practices for Bangladeshi migrant workers

    Dhaka- Bangladesh is still among the few countries in the world that has the highest financial costs for migration. These costs for male migrants can potentially shoot up to BDT 700,000 and for female migrants to BDT 95,000. Moreover, while monthly salary expectations of Bangladeshi migrant workers range from BDT. 25,000 to BDT 1,00,000, they eventually end up earning somewhere between BDT 15,000 to BDT 30,000. These alarming numbers came out from a recent study on recruitment practices in Bangladesh conducted by the UN Migration Agency, IOM.

  • Towards Making Airport Assistance More Accessible For Migrant Workers

    Dhaka -“Services for migrants should be made more accessible and effective and there’s no room for compromise,” said Ms. Rownaq Jahan, the Secretary of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment during the inauguration of 5 renovated migrant welfare desks at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

    The welfare desks, capable of serving 12 migrants at a time, were renovated with the support of UN Migration Agency, IOM under the EU-funded Programme ‘Prottasha – Bangladesh: sustainable reintegration and improved migration governance’.

  • Working more closely with the private sector to put an end to modern day slavery in international supply chains

    31 Jul 2018, Dhaka – Modern day slavery remains a major challenge for businesses around the world and across multiple sectors. The latest global estimates around 40.3 million people were victims of modern day slavery in 2016. There are approximately 25 million victims of forced labour globally, with every four out of 1000 people in Asia Pacific being a victim. Nevertheless, an estimated 16 million victims of forced labour were in the private sector.

  • With Public and Private Sectors at Odds, Traffickers Win. Let’s work together to protect its victims. By William Lacy Swing, IOM Director General

    The world’s workforce has never been more mobile—from the gardener in California to the banker in Singapore. Whether it’s the dishwasher in Rome or the designer in London, we recognize human ambition is on the move, everyone—skilled or unskilled, with work permits or without—is seeking an identical goal: how to deploy their talents in those markets that reward them best.

    Simple economics trigger those journeys that start with a dream of a better life and can result in enormous collective benefits for countries of both origin and destination when done in a safe and orderly way.

  • পাবলিক ও প্রাইভেট সেক্টর এর মতভেদে কেবল মানব পাচারকারীরাই জিতছে। চলুন, অভিবাসীদের সুরক্ষা নিশ্চিত করতে একযোগে কাজ করি। -এম্বাসেডর উইলিয়াম লেসি সুইং, ডিরেক্টর জেনারেল, আইওএম

    বর্তমানে, ক্যালিফর্নিয়ার একজন মালি থেকে শুরু করে সিঙ্গাপুরের একজন ব্যাঙ্কার সারা বিশ্বের সর্বস্তরের কর্মীরা পূর্বের তুলনায় অনেক বেশী অভিবাসনে আগ্রহী। রোম এর  হোটেল কর্মচারী হোক, কিংবা লন্ডনে থাকা ডিজাইনার হোক, হোক সে দক্ষ বা অদক্ষ, তার কাজের অনুমতি থাকুক, বা না থাকুক, প্রত্যেকের লক্ষ্য একটাই- তাদের প্রতিভা বিশ্ববাজারের এমন স্থানে উত্থাপন করা, যেখানে তার পর্যাপ্ত মূল্যায়ন হবে।

    উন্নত জীবনের স্বপ্ন দেখে যারা নিরাপদ এবং সুশৃঙ্খল ভাবে অভিবাসন প্রক্রিয়া সম্পন্ন করেন, তাদের কারনে নিজ ও গন্তব্য, উভয় দেশেরই অর্থনীতি লাভজনক হয়।

  • IOM: Most Victims Trafficked Internationally Cross Official Border Points

    Geneva – On the occasion of World Day against Trafficking in Persons (30/07), new data released by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, show that in the last ten years, almost 80 per cent of journeys undertaken by victims trafficked internationally cross through official border points, such as airports and land border control points.

  • IOM Director General Swing lauds “historic” Global Compact for Migration

    New York – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) on Friday (13/07) heralded the completion of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) as an important milestone that will improve international cooperation on migration. 

  • António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino elected as new Director General of UN Migration Agency

    Geneva - On Friday 29 June 2018, the member states of the IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, elected Portugal’s António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino as the International Organization for Migration’s next Director General.

    Mr. Vitorino, 61 (DOB 12 January 1957), succeeds the United States’ William Lacy Swing, who is leaving IOM after serving two five-year terms as Director General. Mr. Vitorino’s directorship begins on 1 October 2018.