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Social protection for migrants in Bangladesh

DEV Key Contact: Janet Seeley
Project Dates: 2005 - 2008
Project Status: Complete

Funder: Development Research Centre on Globalisation, Migration and Poverty at the University of Sussex

This research project focused on Bengali speaking temporary work migrants and their families from rural areas in Murshidabad in West Bengal and Gaibandha in North Western Bangladesh. The research, involving fieldwork with sending communities of migrants, explored how families left behind respond to the absence of the temporary worker and how migrants in their temporary workplaces and as they travel, cope with the risks and hazards they face.  The research examined the forms of social protection provided by the state, non-governmental organisations, kin and community that are available, which may provide support to migrants and those left behind in the sending community.  In addition, attention is paid to the ways in which state and civil society structures and policies may increase the vulnerability of migrants and their families.

More information about this project can be found here. The final report can be accessed here.


Md. Azmal Kabir
Nazmun Nahar Lipi
Sadia Afrin

Selected Outputs

Massey, Deeptima, Abdur Rafique and Janet Seeley `Begging in rural India and Bangladesh' Economic and Political Weekly XLV(14): 64-71 (2010).

Seeley, Janet, Nazmun Nahar Lipi, Sadia Afrin and Md Azmal Kabir  ``The family is suffering'  -- challenges faced by migrants' families who stay behind in a village in rural Northwest Bangladesh'  in C.R.Abrar and Janet Seeley (eds.) Social Protection and Livelihoods. Marginalised Migrants of South Asia University Press Ltd., Dhaka, (2009).