International Migrants Day

Dhaka and Cumilla, Bangladesh: On the occasion of International Migrants Day, we are sharing the first hand story of four female migrants from Bangladesh. Their personal stories can be found in full on the Migrant Resource Centre’s Facebook page:

Nurjahan Begum enjoyed a simple but good life with her two children, husband and in-laws until her husband borrowed and lost a substantial amount of money in a business deal which went sour. The debt meant that Nurjahan decided to complete a training course before moving abroad to work. Now back in Bangladesh - with those debts paid - she dreams of running a cattle farm.

Rahima Aktar moved to Saudi Arabia in 2016 to work and support her family. The money earned allowed her to buy a piece of land in Bangladesh. She is planning to return having gained more training, as well as information about remittances and other support.

Sumi Akter is a migrant returnee who worked in UAE and Saudi Arabia to pay off family debts. She plans to go abroad again soon and has benefited from information, advice and support that will facilitate her next stay and avoid problems and complications.

Shamsunnahar was forced to work abroad at an early age. She worked hard in Kuwait for 13 years, married and returned to Bangladesh in 2018. The money she earned pays for her children to attend high school and college. She has learned new skills and is now happy in a handicrafts factory run by a community-based organization of a local NGO.