Migration and Development Brief

Migration and Development Brief 7

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.

Neil G. Ruiz, Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias