CIFAL Philippines, as one of only three CIFAL centers hosted by an academic institution, is dedicated to conducting research on its thematic focus areas of migration, gender and sustainable development. For 2017, the center is undertaking the following initiatives:


Migration Research Lectures

The Migration Research Lectures are a platform for disseminating research conducted by University of the Philippines faculty and CIFAL Philippines partners and fellows. The lecture allows stakeholders and experts in the field of migration to access and assess the academic work of the university, while also raising the discourse to the level of policymakers. The first public lecture was held on 01 February 2017, and covered two topics: a survey on Overseas Filipino Workers in select Philippine regions, and Filipino skilled labor migration to the ASEAN.


Migration and Development Policy Dialogue Series (in partnership with the UNDP-Joint Migration and Development Initiative)

The Migration and Development Policy Dialogue Series is a continuing initiative first organized by CIFAL Philippines and the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) in 2016. The series provides a platform for migration experts, university scholars, and policy practitioners from both the government and non-governmental sectors to interface with and mutually benefit from one another on matters pertinent to internal as well as international migration policy-related issues and concerns. The inclusive and multi-sectoral nature of the dialogues serves to provide a broader and long-term view and exchange of perspectives on Philippine migration policy matters.

The CIFAL Philippines Migration and Development Policy Dialogue Series serves to foster greater exchanges of information and sustain channels of conversation between policy practitioners and researchers. The series supports critical analyses and reflections of key policy topics and areas that underpin the phenomenon of migration within and outside the Philippines. It is an attempt to maintain and foster channels of conversation between major policy stakeholders from all sectors. The dialogues aim not only to critique and challenge prevailing assumptions and perspectives but also to propose possible pathways and alternative options to better understand and respond to the challenges posed by migration from varied points of view.

As a series devoted to policy matters, the dialogues also aim to address possible gaps and areas for improvement in existing government programs and policies. In particular, the dialogues are intended to improve, change, or shape new and existing policies and programs. The dialogues are also aimed at not just generating policy research and good practices but also in producing and introducing policy recommendations and options.

In 2016, three roundtable discussions (RTDs) on the migration cycle (recruitment, continuing education and reintegration) were held as part of the Migration and Development Policy Dialogue Series. A series of policy papers based on these discussions is forthcoming.


Defining Migration: Utilizing Big Data and Mapping the Discipline

The Defining Migration research initiative is a seminal project which seeks to define the borders of migration scholarship, establish baseline data on migrants, and collate existing data from both government and non-government sources. The project is unique in that it looks into both internal and international migration.

Thus far, the initiative is still in the planning stage. More information will be available by the 3rd Quarter 2017.


CIFAL Philippines Digest

The CIFAL Philippines Digest is a compendium of research and policy papers developed by CIFAL Philippines and its partners on migration, gender equality and sustainable development. The first issue of the digest will be released in the 4th Quarter of 2017.


Webinars, lectures and forums

CIFAL Philippines will host webinars, lectures and forums on emerging and salient issues. Updates on events will be posted on the announcements page and on CIFAL Philippines’ Facebook page.