Recently, some activists and organisations have been calling for a “ban” on migration of female workers from Bangladesh, especially to countries where there is a high probability of them facing exploitation, physical and sexual abuse, or worse.
Labour migration is significant for the economy of Bangladesh for many reasons. Almost a quarter of job seekers who enter the country’s labour market every year are employed through migration overseas. In 2018, 734,181 Bangladesh migrant workers travelled abroad. Of them 13.85 percent were women.