The Survey on Drivers of Migration (SDM), which was published in July 2020, aims to better understand the drivers of migration in Bangladesh among regular and irregular potential migrants along different thematic areas and themes. The survey was conducted with 11,415 potential migrants that were interviewed in 64 districts.
Following the country-level assessment, data was analyzed at district level in order to gauge potential geographical differences and provide greater nuance and detail to the focus themes i.e. demographics and socioeconomic profiles, migration costs etc.
This report will take a closer look at Kurigram district, located in the Rangpur Division, northern Bangladesh. Kurigram district is bordered by the Indian state of West Bengal in the north, by the Indian state of Assam in the east, by Jamalpur and Gaibandha districts in the south and by Lalmonirhat and Rangpur districts and by the Indian state of West Bengal in the west. With a population of 2,069,273, Kurigram’s economy is largely agriculture-based.