Returned migrant workers

Building Peer Support for Return Migrants

Former women migrants from the provinces of La Union, Nueva Ecija, Ilocos Sur and the National Capital Region attended a seminar-workshop recently in a purposive move to help themselves overcome negative migration experiences and hasten the readjustment and reintegration process.

Conducted by the UGAT Foundation, an apostolate that works with Filipino migrant workers in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, the three-day workshop was held in Baguio City under the auspices of the ILO CO-Manila’s EU-funded Return and Reintegration Project. UGAT’s programmes include peer counseling for migrants, counseling skills for migrant care providers, and raising functional families while abroad, among others.

Strengthening peer support to help return migrants rebuild a sense of community is one of the ILO-EU Project’s strategies to overcome negative migration experiences, which is considered a crucial intervention toward social and economic empowerment.

The Project’s implementing partners assist distressed women who have returned from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The Project beneficiaries are now on the road to recovery, and some have even organized themselves into self-help groups for mutual support and assistance.

For further information please contact:

Mr Mitchell Duran
National Project Coordinator
ILO-EC Return and Reintegration Project
19th Floor Yuchengco Tower
RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue
1200 Makati City, Philippines
Tel: +632 580 9900