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Unlocking the door to migration: BRAC’s Safe Migration Program

Bangladesh

Credit: Cameron Breslin

Economic returns to migration are typically high, and remittances from migrants play an important role in supporting consumption levels and reducing poverty in developing countries. Despite this, many people do not choose to migrate due to the high risks involved, both before and after migrating. This evaluation found that BRAC’s Safe Migration program reduces these risks. The team found that the Safe Migration program had no statistically significant impact on overall migration success or salary received abroad. However, the program reduced migration failure for areas with higher poverty rates, reduced the costs of failure among individuals who attempt to migrate through a middleman, and had a higher chance of reducing migration failure in areas where there are a higher proportion of educated volunteers. They also find that the program increases migration success among repeat migrants.

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