Publication: Protecting Temporary Workers : Migrant Welfare Funds from Developing Countries
Ruiz, Neil G.
Rannveig, Dovelyn Agunias
This brief provides an overview and lessons on how countries of origin governments can play a major role in protecting their migrants abroad through migrant welfare funds. It draws from a study by the Migration Policy Institute, on the Philippine Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), a US$172 million government-operated welfare fund that is funded by a mandatory US$25 membership fee for departing Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). The Philippine experience shows that a welfare fund has to: (1) find the right balance of services; (2) create meaningful partnerships; (3) build accountability with its members; and (4) actively involve destination countries.
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“Ruiz, Neil G.; Rannveig, Dovelyn Agunias. 2008. Protecting Temporary Workers : Migrant Welfare Funds from Developing Countries. Migration and Development Brief; No. 7. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://hdl.handle.net/10986/11010 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”