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The Institute for Labor Studies undertakes a research titled “A Typology of Returning OFWs” in partnership with the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO)

The aim of this research is to generate data on returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), which includes potential returning OFWs and actual returnees based on their: (1) migration experiences; (2) motivation to return; and (3) accumulated resources (financial capital, human capital and social capital). The generated data will be used in the creation of a typology of returning OFWs which will form the basis of government intervention either in the form of assistance or developmental initiatives.

Specifically, the research aims to identify a typology of returning OFWs based on their migration experiences, return motivations, accumulated resources. It also aims to determine the relationship between the level of reintegration preparedness of OFWs based on the typology and their migration experiences. And most importantly, it aims to provide evidence-based guidance to enhance reintegration programs, improve policy, and inputs for legislative proposal.

The research addresses the need to strengthen and harmonize reintegration programs for OFWs identified under the Social Protection pillar of the proposed LEP 2016-2022, One of the strategic priorities mentioned is to track, collect and disseminate data on returning migrants.

The research data and information will be used to devise appropriate reintegration strategies for different categories of returning OFWs.

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