Monuments to the work of Bangladeshi migrants

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ZAKIR HOSSAIN KHOKAN’s story is a common one. In 2003 he left Dhaka for Singapore because he could make more money as a construction worker there than he could as a journalist with a university degree in his native Bangladesh. Mr Khokan worked 10-12 hours a day, six days a week, and worked his way up to project coordinator. 

Bangladesh is a country fraught with political and economic uncertainty. Of its 165m inhabitants, about one in four lives in poverty. Jobs are hard to come by for the unconnected. Its once-booming garment industry is in shambles as clothing brands left the country when factory fires highlighted unsafe working conditions. Climate change is another reason Bangladeshis leave. By 2050, the country is set to lose Continue reading

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