9b Experiences and Coping Strategies
of Failed Migrants
Summary International migration has become an important livelihood
option for many Bangladeshis. The limited availability of employment
opportunities at home along with the visible success of migrants
has had major demonstration effect on others. Apart from the formal
registered agencies one also sees the growth of informal unlicensed
agents operating in various parts of the country. The aspirant migrants
sell their limited assets and take loans to finance their migration.
Often aspirant migrants fall prey to the malpractices of registered
agencies and the informal operators. Lack of proper information
sources, weak and corrupt administrative mechanisms, inappropriate
legal and administrative structures and lack of legal aid services,
all work against seeking redress. Their failed experience pushes
them deeper into poverty.
The proposed study will focus on the experiences and coping strategies
of this group of people. It will also suggest policy recommendations
so that such incidences could be minimised and those affected can
Key Research Questions
What factors contribute to failure in migration
Who are responsible for such failure? What
strategies do they use to cheat aspirant migrants?
Why government agencies fail to curb their
activities? What are the legal and administrative gaps?
What problems do the households face when
migration attempts of a member of household fails?
What forms redress do they seek? To what
extent they succeed in seeking such redress?