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Dhaka 6th biggest migrant sender, 8th major remittance receiver: IMO report

Published : Friday, 3 December, 2021 at 12:00 AM  Count : 397
Diplomatic Correspondent

The International Organiza-tion for Migration (IOM) said on Thursday that Bangladesh is the 6th largest migrant sending country and the 8th largest remittance receiving country in the world.   
The IOM launched its flagship World Migration Report 2022 on Wednesday which revealed a dramatic increase in internal displacement due to disaster, conflict, and violence at a time when global mobility ground to a halt due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
 "In 2020, despite the impact of Covid-19 which slowed remittance flows globally, Bangladesh benefitted US$21.76 billion injected into the economy through remittances, that account for over 6 per cent of GDP, representing the country's second largest source of foreign income," the report said.
The World Bank estimates that the Bangladeshi population abroad sent home
over $18 billion in 2019, with 73 per cent coming from those working in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The IMO report focuses on developments in migration over the last two-year period, with an emphasis on providing analysis that takes into account historical and contemporary factors.
The report highlights that in 2020, 7.40 million Bangladeshi migrants lived abroad. Despite living beyond the country's borders, Bangladesh's diaspora has continued to play a key role in the country's development, it said.
"We are witnessing a paradox not seen before in human history," said IOM's Director General Antonio Vitorino. "While billions of people have been effectively grounded by Covid-19, tens of millions of displacement events have forced many others from their homes."
The efforts by policymakers to encourage and facilitate the sending of remittances have greatly aided the remittance landscape in Bangladesh.
The Bangladesh Bank, the central bank of the country, more than tripled the ceiling on its 2019 cash incentive scheme - whereby remittance beneficiaries receive a 2 per cent bonus on transfers made using formal systems - up to $5,000.
Additionally, some commercial banks are providing an additional one per cent incentive to increase the attractiveness of sending remittances even more. According to the report, there were around 281 million international migrants in the world in 2020.
"The number of air passengers globally dropped 60 per cent in 2020 to 1.8 billion (down from 4.5 billion in 2019) while at the same time internal displacement due to disaster, conflict and violence rose to 40.5 million (up from 31.5 million in 2019)," the report said.
The report, the eleventh in IOM's World Migration Report series, draws upon the latest data from around the world to explain key migration trends as well as issues that are emerging on the migration policy horizon.
"This report is unlike any other edition of the World Migration Report," said the IOM report editor Dr Marie McAuliffe.
According to the report, the number of international migrants has grown from 84 million globally in 1970 to 281 million in 2020, although when global population growth is factored in, the proportion of international migrants has only inched up from 2.3 per cent to 3.6 per cent of the world's population.
The vast majority of people globally (96.4 per cent) reside in the country in which they were born. Due to Covid-19, the number of international migrants in 2020 was lower, by around 2 million, than it otherwise would have been.  
"Overall, international migration has been a critical part of the development story of Bangladesh, with migrants moving to pursue opportunities for economic and social, and then helping raise the living standards in the home," said Fathima Nusrath Ghazzali, IOM Bangladesh's Officer-In-Charge.
The 2020 edition won gold in the 2021 International Annual Report Design Awards earlier this year.
The 2022 edition now has a new and simple fact-checkers' toolkit to help bust key myths on migration. In addition to data analysis, the report covers specific topics for those readers needing more in-depth content.







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