According to new research conducted by the Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium, internal migrant construction workers in Bangladesh face unduly harsh conditions of work. This brief identifies a number of problems that all construction workers face, but they are particularly pertinent to migrants because the latter are so numerous and have so few other options. Migration contunues despite these problems and helps to alleviate poverty among the workers’ families, so this brief argues that the appropriate policy response is not to reduce migration but to improve living and working conditions for migrants at their destination.
Abrar, C.R.; Reza, M.S. Internal Migrant Workers and the Construction Sector in Bangladesh: Tackling informalityand exploitative labour practices. RMMRU, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2014) 6 pp. [RMMRU Policy Brief 11]