E.g., 08/28/2015
E.g., 08/28/2015

Country Resource - Bangladesh

Bangladesh

BD
  • Population......................................................................166,280,712 (July 2014 est.)
  • Population growth rate ..........................................................1.6% (2014 est.)
  • Birth rate.......................................................21.61 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Death rate.................................................5.64 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Net migration rate................................-0.02 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Ethnic groups..........Bengali 98%, Other 2% (includes tribal groups and non-Bengali Muslims) (1998)

CIA World Factbook

The realities of poverty, underemployment, and a large working-age population mean that international labor migration is an expected and necessary part of life for many Bangladeshi men and women. Nazli Kibria of Boston University explains the challenges and opportunities facing Bangladesh as the small nation struggles to balance the need for economic migration and its resulting remittances with the protection of its citizens abroad.

Recent Activity

The realities of poverty, underemployment, and a large working-age population mean that international labor migration is an expected and necessary part of life for many Bangladeshi men and women. Nazli Kibria of Boston University explains the challenges and opportunities facing Bangladesh as the small nation struggles to balance the need for economic migration and its resulting remittances with the protection of its citizens abroad.

Although far from foolproof in deterring would-be migrants, border fencing remained a priority for many countries in 2008.

Policy Briefs
May 2012

This brief examines the complex issues surrounding labor migration from Colombo Process countries. It discusses the progress made—and the policy challenges that remain—with regard to creating efficient and equitable labor migration systems.

Policy Briefs
July 2015

Irregular maritime migration across the Bay of Bengal to Southeast Asia entered a period of crisis in spring 2015 as a wave of migrants and refugees crossed, most departing from ports in Myanmar and Bangladesh, with many facing critical danger along the way. This MPI-IOM Issue in Brief puts the crisis into context and offers a consideration of what recent history has to teach about responses to maritime migration crises.