Provision of information to prospective migrants

Increasingly, formal institutions, especially government agencies, are engaged in providing requisite information to prospective migrants. For instance, the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLFBE), through its grass-roots level awareness building programmes, informs prospective migrants, families of the migrants left behind, the wider population in the locality, the police and community leaders on the prospects, problems and coping strategies related to migration. SLBFE also broadcasts customized radio programmes on migration.

In Bangladesh, very little information is disseminated by Government agencies on migration, particularly with regard to women migration. However, in recent years, the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE) has been regularly advertising in Bangladeshi newspapers about unlicensed recruiters and safeguards to be followed by migrants so as not to be trapped in irregular migration (Siddiqui 2008). A major part of information dissemination on the prospects and problems of migration in Bangladesh is primarily done by migrants’ associations, such as the Welfare Association of Returnee Bangladeshi Employees (WARBE) and the Association for Female Migrant Workers in Bangladesh (BOMSA). WARBE has set programmes that offer general information about migration and migration processes, such as issuance of passports, medical tests for migrants, getting visas issued, recruitment agents and their fraudulent practices, the cost of migration, and the living and working conditions in the destination countries.