Bangladesh Mission Overview

Bangladesh became a member state of the International Organization of Migration (IOM) in 1990. Since then, IOM Bangladesh has continued to work in close collaboration with the lead ministries and government bodies of the country that are engaged in ensuring safe and orderly labor mobility, skills development, migration health services, providing humanitarian assistance to the migrants, countering human trafficking and strengthening border management. The organization also collaborates with an array of other stakeholders including the national and international non-governmental organizations, United Nations (UN) agencies and other private sectors in the country.

IOM’s key objective in Bangladesh is to promote humane, orderly, regular and responsible migration that benefits migrants and the nation socially and economically. IOM Bangladesh understands migration as both a process and a human condition, requiring facilitative actions and interventions at the level of state, community and the individual. The organization’s current strategy involves multilevel interventions to enhance the capacity of the Government of Bangladesh (GOB) and partner organizations to address the effects of accelerating human mobility. As the only migration agency of the UN, IOM Bangladesh key focus lies on the improvement of policy environment, capacity development of human resources and infrastructure, and direct assistance to migrants.

IOM Bangladesh’s four priority areas consist of migration management, resilience and social protection, humanitarian response, and countering irregular migration focusing on which the organization works to build migration management crisis capacities and respond to immediate needs, strengthen migration management services for regular, safe and demand driven labor mobility, create resilience through better protection, livelihood and employment opportunities for affected communities, and enhance law enforcement effectiveness good governance to counter human trafficking, human smuggling and other.

IOM in Bangladesh Over the Years
1990 Repatriated 63,000 Bangladeshi migrant workers during Persian Gulf Crisis. Following which Bangladesh became a member state.
1998 Opened First Office.
2003 Developed immigration management software ‘For Track’ and created several document analysis centers (DAC) for immigration and border management authorities.
2004 Enhanced Focus on Migration Governance, Irregular Migration, Migration Crisis, Resilience and social protection.
2005 First Migration Health Assessment Center.
2006 Migration Research Unit (MRU) at Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training.
2008 Logistics support at Bangladesh General Election Monitoring.
2010 Trained 12,000 Judges and public prosecutors on violence against women.
2011 Libya Crisis: Repatriation of more than 36,000 Bangladeshi migrants.
2012 Technical support to GoB on developing prevention and suppression of human trafficking act 2012.
2013 National Strategy, GoB mandate for coordinating and providing humanitarian assistance to Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (UMNs).
2014 Started to provide Humanitarian support to the Undocumented Myanmar Nationals in Cox’s Bazar that went on expanding over the years.
2015 Andaman Sea Crisis: Repatriation of 2,830 Bangladeshis. Inclusion of a chapter on migration and development in GoB’s 7th 5 year Plan of Action. Developed National Action Plan on Health 2015 – 2018.
2016 Emergency Support to nearly 74,000 newly arrived UMNs in Cox’s Bazar. Logistics support to 9th GFMD – the biggest migration forum in the world.
2017 - 2020 Enhanced focus on counter trafficking, capacity building of law enforcement agencies.