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‘Concert for Migrants’ Promotes Safe Migration Message on International Migrants Day

Concert for Migrants

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Bangladesh will host a virtual ‘Concert for Migrants’ to mark International Migrants Day on 18 December and help raise awareness about safe migration.

The concert organized for the second year running aims to connect with migrants and their communities and promote safe migration through information and entertainment.  The first ‘Concert for Migrants’ hosted in 2020, reached more than 4 million viewers joining in virtually from more than 20 countries.

The virtual concert will enable some of the 7.4 million-plus Bangladeshi migrants working abroad to connect and watch the concert from around the world. They can expect to be entertained by popular performers including Kumar Bishwajit, Fazlur Rahman Babu, Shironamhin, Luipa, Asif Akbar, Kuddus Boyati, Nandita, Pritom Ahmed, and Masha Islam. The concert will mostly feature some folk and contemporary music which has great appeal among migrants, returnees, their families and the general community.

Ranked sixth highest in the world, Bangladesh’s migrant workers play a critical role in the country’s development. Notably, Bangladesh currently receives the eighth highest remittances in the world, and significantly since 1976, migrants have sent back over USD 249 billion in remittances.

Migration presents complex and challenging issues and information plays a vital role in addressing these challenges.
 

IOM Bangladesh’s Officer in Charge, Fathima Nusrath Ghazzali, said, "On this International Migrants Day, we take the opportunity to honor Bangladeshi migrants' contributions at home and abroad through the ‘Concert for Migrants’.”

Ghazzali added that the concert will inform and entertain listeners on the value of safe, orderly, and regular migration. “I invite everyone to watch the concert, which features some of Bangladesh's most prominent musicians."
Ahead of the concert, Kumar Bishwajit, a prominent singer who will perform at the concert, shared an important message via video message, "Please don't fall into a trap and be a victim of human trafficking while migrating abroad. Taking an informed decision is the best way to migrate abroad safely." 
 

"Migration is one of the most important sectors for Bangladesh, but still many migrants continue to go abroad irregularly,” commented actor and singer Fazlur Rahman Babu. He urged would-be migrants to follow the regular pathways for safe migration and invited migrants to watch the concert.

The 'Concert for Migrants' is initiated under the European Union funded project “Bangladesh: Sustainable Reintegration and Improved Migration Governance (Prottasha)” that supports the Government to achieve SDG Goal 10.7 to facilitate orderly, safe, regular, and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed policies.

The ‘Concert for Migrants’ is organized in collaboration with Jamuna Television and will be streamed live on 18 December 2021 on IOMBangladesh’s Facebook page and telecast on Jamuna Television from 11:00 PM (23:00 onwards), Bangladesh time (GMT+6). 

You can find the concert details: https://www.facebook.com/events/890628488261731/

For further inquiries, please contact Sariful Islam – IOM Bangladesh at mdsislam@iom.int, Phone: 01915631608