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How We Work

Rights Based Approach (RBA)

CMIR doesn’t believe on citing the migrant community as ‘beneficiaries’ rather respects the community as the right-holders’ group. Thus migrant community is rightly involved in every step of our intervention, including planning, designing, implementation and evaluation. CMIR firmly believes the fundamentals of Human Rights and follows a right-based approach in every of its intervention. In the context, where migrant rights are still far behind to be respected as human rights, CMIR uses national and international legal instruments, standards and practices/lessons to make the government/s accountable to uphold the rights of migrant workers and their families at priority of their actions, in the way of ensuring the rights. CMIR realizes the need of having special interventions for ensuring rights of marginalized communities, and thus, it also works to identify inter-sectionalities of migrant rights with other economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights. At CMIR, migration governance and international cooperation are analyzed with the lens of human rights and serious factors that curtail rights of migrant community are identified for policy advocacy and discourse. All the research works at CMIR are principally directed by RBA however, CMIR also involves other theoretical frameworks that do not contradict with RBA as and when required.

Collective Efforts and Unified Voices

CMIR realizes the mutual existence as perpetual in this world, thus, works with an approach of collaboration and coordination with stakeholders. CMIR has deepened faith on the results driven by the collective actions and bargaining, and thus strives to widen its networking, participation, coordination and collaborative efforts for unified voices and actions for bringing about positive changes in the lives of migrant workers and their families.

Working Structure 

CMIR works with a triangular approach to achieve its vision. It could be better understand with the following figure and narrative under each of the touch-points.


‘MigrantCare’ is specialized humanitarian initiative of CMIR targeting rescue and immediate support for distressed migrant workers and their families and other range of welfare programs. Rescue and immediate services includes a range of services including rescue and legal aid support to distressed migrant workers, especially working in GCC countries and Malaysia, legal aid support to families of distressed migrant workers, immediate health-care and psychosocial counseling and transit-home (safe house) services for distressed migrant workers. CMIR uses its wide-spread relations with national and international line agencies, migrant rights and human rights institutions, regional and global networks, partners, Diaspora groups, UN agencies and individuals to operate its rescue and immediate support works. Under welfare services, CMIR works closely with national and international partners and government agencies to provide re-integration and livelihood support for the migrant workers and their families and to conduct preventive and awareness raising programs. Services offered from CMIR are absolutely free for migrant workers and their families. 

Research and Study

CMIR backed with its highly experienced group of researchers and academicians, expertise in conducting a range research and study programs in the issue of migration and international relations also including other cross-cutting issues. CMIR best utilizes its experiences of working on humanitarian causes for migrant workers and their families to document and extract stories and patterns to analyze the issue; where each of the research work is highly sensitive towards the human value and norms and fundamentals of human rights. Thus, our research works are better proven to provide a deeper understanding to the ground realities faced by migrant workers and their families. Also, CMIR extensively studies the international relations and associated policy dynamics to come with policy discourse and recommendations for improvising the migration status-quo through better performance of the foreign policies of/in the origin and destination countries.  


WeSpeak is one of the important working aspects of CMIR. WeSpeak generally signifies the expression and true to its sense, CMIR has constantly been conducting policy advocacy in national, regional and international levels. CMIR policy advocacy efforts are based on its experience of working directly with migrant workers and their families and the conclusions/recommendations coming out of its research programs. CMIR advocacy works are mainly targeted to have enduring and positive impacts on policy issues that best ensure rights of migrant workers and their families.




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