A garment steamed for religious reasons
In the days following the mass exodus from Myanmar, garment workers across Bangladesh began flocking to garment factories to get their hands on some of the cheapest clothes in the country.
In the days after the exodus, a Bangladeshi garment worker named Khatun, who is one of those who fled the country, told Financial Post: I’ve been working at a garment factory in Dhaka for six years.
I came from a poor family and we were very poor.
I had to work very hard to earn my money.
I have three daughters.
We worked in factories that were made in factories from Myanmar.
I am one of the first people to leave, and I am proud of it.
Since the first garment workers began arriving in the capital, Dhaka, in the early days of the exodus the number of garment factories in the city has doubled to nearly 600.
But the factories are far from being the cheapest in Bangladesh.
The Dhaka factories used to be the cheapest.
But now, they are the cheapest because the government subsidises them.
I used to earn about 1,000 to 2,000 dirhams (about $130 to $150) a day at a textile factory, but now, I earn about 500 to 600 dirham for my daily work.
For some, the decision to flee was not an easy one.
After the Bangladesh government introduced the Dhaka garment tax, many garment workers who had hoped to earn a living as street vendors fled the city to work in other parts of the country in search of cheaper work.
Others, like the woman from Haryana who was wearing a burqa when she fled to Bangladesh, were forced to wear the garment in public.
Many garment workers have also told us that they are now facing financial hardship.
A group of textile workers from Hingol district in the eastern state of Assam have been on a hunger strike since last September, demanding that the Bangladesh state government allow them to return to their jobs.
It is not clear how many workers in Hingola are facing similar hardship.
The district is home to about 200 garment workers and is not a place where the government allows garment workers to work.
Some garment workers say they have not been paid wages for months, and that they have no other option but to return home.
There is also concern that the government is not enforcing laws against those who flee, and therefore many garment factories are operating without a license to operate.
When we asked garment workers about their future, most were optimistic, saying they were planning to find a job in the factories that they worked at before the tax.
But when we asked them how long it would take them to find work, most of them answered that they would need to wait until they had reached the age of 30 before they could retire.
“It will be a few years until I can retire.
If the government gives us the licenses to work again, I hope it will be after I reach 30,” said a worker from Huling district, who asked that his surname not be published.
“But if I get the license, it will take me two years,” he said.
Bangladesh is also facing the challenge of managing the influx of people that are fleeing the country’s ongoing violence.
A recent UN report found that the number fleeing the violence in Myanmar had reached more than 1.5 million people by the end of June.
According to the report, a majority of those fleeing were Muslim women and girls.
While the government says that it is taking all measures to prevent the spread of violence, the UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, said in a statement that it was not sure whether the violence was being contained or not.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh has not only seen the exodus of garment workers, but also the arrival of refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh.
In June, a group of about 20 refugees from Burma crossed from the border into Bangladesh and were allowed to enter the country on their own.
This is the first time in a decade that a group has been allowed to cross into Bangladesh, which has been plagued by violence in recent years.
With more than 100,000 refugees now in Bangladesh, the situation in the border region has become even more dangerous.
In June, thousands of Rohingya refugees arrived in Bangladesh to the Indian border city of Jammu and Kashmir.
The number of people who have arrived on the Indian side of the border has increased from around 4,000 a month ago to around 5,000 since then.
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