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WP-2019-03: Strengthening Preparedness for Migrant Worker Reintegration: Thematic Analysis and Local Index Tool Development

Reintegration has increasingly drawn the interest of migration actors in the Philippines as the government repeatedly clarifies its intent of making overseas employment temporary and by choice. The evolving institutional and policy landscape reflects this. From a smaller unit with limited mandate in the mid-1990s, the National Reintegration Center for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) was recreated with an expanded set of functions over 10 years after under the Migrant Workers Act, as amended. A recent major policy development is the intensification of the roles of local duty-bearers and rights-holders, especially through the local government units (LGUs). This paper therefore sought to identify the factors influencing OFW decisions to return ‘for good’ and advance the discourse on what a sustainable reintegration framework may constitute in local practice. For the first phase whose qualitative results are presented here, the South Korea and Hong Kong corridors were covered, involving mostly male manufacturing workers and female domestic workers in workshop-style focus groups. Interviews were also conducted with government officials and NGO leaders, as well as with an LGU officer. The findings of the study reinforce existing critical perspectives in the field.

Department of Labor and Employment - Institute for Labor Studies
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Artajo, Maria Isabel D.; Delerio, Ronell J.; labor migration; local government units; OFW; OFWs; Overseas Filipino Workers; return and reintegration;
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