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22 Jul 2023

By Kamran Siddiqui, The Business Standard (Bangladesh)

Bangladesh: Increasing numbers of migrants are experiencing rights abuse, incl. wage theft and contract substitution

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Returnee women migrant workers attend COVID-19 information event in Bangladesh

“Rising number of migrant workers falling prey to fraudulence”

As Bangladesh continues to witness a surge in the number of workers seeking employment abroad, an increasing number are falling victim to various forms of fraudulence, including wage theft, fake job offers, and irregular employment.

Within the first six months of 2023, a staggering 1,112 migrants and aspiring migrants, 58% male and the rest female, have lodged complaints against recruiting agencies, middlemen, or employers, as per the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET)…

Migration experts said the actual number of complaints is much higher than those formally submitted to the authority, as a considerable number of migrants or aspirant migrants do not lodge complaints officially.

Additionally, numerous allegations have been resolved at the grassroots level through rural arbitration, facilitated by NGOs, they said…

The fraudulence faced by migrants in destination countries includes not getting promised jobs, irregular jobs, fake companies, irregular payment, wage theft, and physical torture.

Many aspiring migrants also encounter irregularities within their home country including being scammed by middlemen…

Recruiting agencies in the country claim that most of the complaints filed by migrant workers are false…