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How diaspora can support Bangladesh’s development

An estimated 13 million Bangladeshis are living abroad, temporarily and permanently, in as many as 162 countries. With the number, Bangladeshis are the sixth-largest group of migrants in the world.

They migrated for a varied number of reasons – jobs, education, improved standard of living etc. Whatever might be the reasons for their departure, they still feel connected to their roots- their country of origin, their motherland Bangladesh.

They may be a thousand miles away from Bangladesh, but their homeland occupies a special place in their hearts. With this deep attachment and connection comes interest and passion for the development of their homeland.

A recent example would aptly mirror the fact. Bangladeshis living in Australia have applied to the parliament of the country to send 50 million vaccines to Bangladesh as a gift. They are leaving no stone unturned to help Bangladesh at a time when the country has been battling to cope with the surge in Covid-19 infections. They are making efforts out of their true love for Bangladesh, for their friends and families still living in Bangladesh, and their fellow countrymen. This type of assistance from the non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) is essential for prompt recovery from the pandemic of the century.

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