Rights Jessore

Thousands of people leave Bangladesh every day to find work in other countries. The migration movements - also within the country - are a breeding ground for human trafficking. Many migrants are sold and exploited as cheap labor. In cooperation with our partner organization Rights Jessore, we promote safe migration and the fight against human trafficking.

Bangladesh is one of the countries most affected by labor migration: 5 million people working officially abroad, plus an unofficial estimates of as many as 12 million. Reasons for this are manifold. For example extreme weather events and the consequences of climate change. Bangladesh is hit hard by floods every year - devastating for a country dependent on agriculture. The consequences are missing yields and therefore a lack of income. Thousands of people die in the floods. They are often the male family members who were previously responsible for generating the main income of their families.

The precarious living conditions are forcing many people in Bangladesh to leave their homeland in the hope of a better life. For many migration is a chance to provide their families with a minimum of education or health care. The risks and dangers are the fewest thoughts. Many migrants lack the knowledge about their rights at home and abroad. They barely speak the language of the target countries and are therefore dependent on middlemen who pursue only their own interests way too often. Migrants are turned into goods without voices and without rights.

Sensitizing and explaining about migration and human trafficking

In cooperation with our partner organization Rights Jessore, we are committed to the rights of migrants. Our goal is to promote safe migration and to prevent human trafficking. Early education is urgently needed to sensitize potential migrant workers of their rights and to inform them about the dangers of trafficking gangs. Because all too often, it happens that people fall for smugglers and traffickers.

Returning migrants also face many difficulties: many have been unable to build up financial reserves, often family structures are broken after years of absence and frequently they have no future prospects once they returned. Therefore, the social and economic reintegration of returnees is another focus of our work. Another target group of the project are children and adolescents. Because it is important that even the youngest are made aware of the tricks of the traffickers, middlemen and recruitment agencies and are informed about the topic of migration. In addition, teachers and religious authorities are trained as multipliers.

Employment-awareness campaigns aim to inform the population about the entire process of migration. Only with sufficient knowledge about one's own rights and the migration cycle in general, they are able to make conscious decisions for or against migration. Trainings with potential migrants, flyers, posters, a newly established service hotline for those affected and information boards in the project regions serve to raise awareness and promote independent decisions.


Project information:

Project: Combating Human Trafficking and Promotion of Safe Migration by Strengthening Institutions and Communities

Implementation areas: Satkhira, Jessore and Jhenaidah Districts

Partner: Rights Jessore

Target Group: Potential and returnee migrants


- Rescue, repatriate and strengthen unsuccessful migrants

- Support of safe migration and prevention of human trafficking

- Rescue and first aid for survivors of human trafficking

- Reintegration of returned migrants through income generating activities

Implementation period: 2017-2019

Budget: 80.200 Euro p.a.

Donor: BMZ



Rights Jessore
95 Jail Road
Jessore 7400
Tel: +880 421 66508

E-mail: nfo [at] rightsjessore.org 
Website: www.rightsjessore.org