(updated 10 April 2020) The Bangladesh government has released a stimulus package amounting US$8 billion, focused on assisting industries as well as small and medium enterprises. The informal sector has not figured in the stimulus package. There is announcement that the Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) and Vulneral Group Development (VGD) programs have been expanded to assist lower-income families through low-cost products like rice and flour, among others. In late March, a group of civil society organizations in Bangladesh released a statement calling on the Bangladeshi government to protect returning migrants being stigmatized and accused of being “virus carriers”. A response from the Bangladeshi government has yet to be received. Countries dealing with COVID-19 have asked the Bangladesh government to take back their nationals who are working as undocumented migrants there. These countries are Kuwait, Maldives, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain. Sources: www.newagebd.net/article/103357/call-to-protect-rights-of-migrants-amid-coronavirus-pandemic?fbclid=IwAR0T3AUUi4NuOyQKrjPWYuZk5tffPV5UTAp5uZeTmPtIJ2jYX0nOsCztRfQ www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/bangladeshs-covid-19-stimulus-leaving-the-most-vulnerable-behind/ www.thedailystar.net/backpage/news/another-worry-bangladesh-1891147

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