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Prof. Tasneem Siddiqui


Tasneem Siddiqui is a leading social scientist on migration of Bangladesh. Her works on drivers and impact of labour migration, female labour migration, diaspora, remittances, climate change adaptation and migration have been published nationally and internationally. She has contributed to major policy changes on migration in Bangladesh. She led the preparation of the National Strategy for climate-induced Internally Displaced Persons in Bangladesh for the Ministry of Disaster and Relief and UNDP. She was one of the key members that drafted the national Overseas Employment Policy, 2006 and the Law Commission initiated draft of the Overseas Employment and Migration Act of 2013. Her research on female labour migration has contributed to the lifting of the ban on international migration of low skilled women from Bangladesh in 2003.


More recently research and policy advocacy of RMMRU has successfully contributed to change in the dominant view of looking at migration as a failure of local level adaptation into a more inclusive view that treats migration as one of the climate change adaptation tools in Bangladesh. She is the Founding Chair of Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) and Professor of Political Science at the University of Dhaka.

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