The Why did we initiate this
We initiated this project because of these important challenges
as well as opportunities that we were confronted with as
advocates who promote the welfare of the migrants and the
families left behind:
• FWC as well as the UN INSTRAW, International Fund for
Agricultural Development (IFAD), ATIKHA studies showed that the
majority of Filipino migrants (70%) are unable to save for their
long-term goal despite long years of hard work abroad.
• Migrants and the families left behind are suffering from
family and social issues (dependency, communication gap, family
break-up, early marriage of children, lack of valuation of
education, consumerism, etc.) as a result of separation with
both economic and social consequences for them.
• Filipino migrants in Italy have difficulty accessing services
and are unable to utilize the social services provided by the
Italian government. Consequently, Filipinos are somehow
“invisible” to the Italian public sector. Their absence is
misunderstood as a sign of independence and as a lack of
problems, when in reality they should be being regarded as a
“silent community suffering from within”.
• Psychosocial issues bear down on the migrants and the families
left behind however, there are very minimal intervention of
government and other stakeholders to address such issues.
• Migration has minimal impact on development of source
communities. Migrant remittances have a lot of potential for
development. However, national, local government and other
stakeholders involved in migration do not coordinate their
initiatives and no synchronized strategic planning on minimizing
the cost and maximizing the gains of migration.
• Migration corridors exists between Europe and Region 4 and
specifically in Laguna and Batangas, there are about 50,000
working in Italy, especially in the Province of Rome. This
provides an opportunity to work on both sides of the migration
corridor since we believe interventions should involve both the
migrants and their families as well.
• There is interest amongst local government of Region 4, local
government of Province of Rome, banks, NGOs and cooperatives in
providing services for migrants and their families.
IFAD, and FWC (2008) Gender, remittances and development: The
case of Filipino migration in Italy
- Charito Basa and Rosalud Jing de la Rosa (2004) Me, Us and
Them: reality and illusions of Filipino domestic workers. FWC
project in partnership with IOM-Rome under the EC EQUAL
programme “The Image of Migrants in Italy through media, civil
society and the labour market”
- ATIKHA and Balikabayani Foundation (2001) Coming Home: Women,
Migration and Reintegration