Introduction

Designation: Professor

Dr Tasneem Siddiqui is the founding Chair of the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) and a Professor of Political Science at the University of Dhaka. She has published extensively on the drivers and impacts of international and internal migration, the impact of remittances, as well as climate change adaptation strategies, migration and gender, and diaspora investment. Dr Siddiqui’s recent work on migration and climate change has been published in the journal Population and Environment and in volumes of Edward Edgar and Routledge. Siddiqui’s research played a pivotal role in lifting the ban against female labour migration in Bangladesh and in the liberalization of the central bank’s remittance transfer policies. She played a pivotal role as a committee member in the drafting of both the National Overseas Employment Policy (2006) and the Migration and Overseas Employment Act, 2013. She has written background papers for the UN GFMD Civil Society Days in 2007 and 2009. In the past, she served as the chair of the Asia Pacific Migration Research Network and the South Asia Migration Resource Network. In June 2014, the most-circulated Bangladeshi English newspaper, The Daily Star, honoured twenty-two Bangladeshi nationals for their contribution in initiating change across different social sectors since the country’s independence; Siddiqui was named among them.

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