South Asia

Migration issues in South Asia

Although there are many regional migration issues in South Asia, the following have been identified by the RPC’s regional partners to be most significant.

  • Internal migration of construction workers
  • Migration of female garment workers and its impact on household poverty
  • Migration of domestic workers
  • Seasonal and circular migration
  • Migration of other workers in the informal sector
  • Regional short term contract migration from South Asia to the Gulf countries

Regional partner

Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU)The Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU)

Based at the University of Dhaka, RMMRU has been working as a research, training and policy advocacy institution since 1995. The Unit aims to promote good governance in migration by helping policymakers through quality research.

Role of the Migrating Out of Poverty RPC in South Asia

The Migrating out of Poverty RPC will address these issues through commissioning collaborative research in the region. A regional combined study will be undertaken containing chapters for each country of the region. The RPC will also conduct a regional survey on an issue that would be useful for academics, researchers and policymakers.

In order to effectively engage with boundary partners, the RPC will support the activities of South Asia Migration Research Network (SAMReN) and engage with regional advocacy groups such as the Migrant Forum in Asia in order to address the regional migration issues through policy advocacy campaigns.   

Our Bangladesh partners tweet here @RMMRU


Bangladesh Country Programme [PDF 404.30KB]


Recent Public Service Announcement produced by RMMRU

Awareness on Migration and Youth Aspirations  


Articles on RMMRU Uptake specifically on Domestic Worker policy (from Dec 2015)