UP CIFAL Philippines, as one of only four CIFAL centers hosted by an academic institution and which is affiliated to the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) , is dedicated to conducting research and capacitating government agencies and the youth on its thematic focus areas of migration, gender equality and sustainable development. For 2018, the center is undertaking the following initiatives:


Data Snapshot on Korean Migration to the Philippines

UP CIFAL Philippines initiated a pilot study on the Korean migration to the Philippines by consolidating current and unpublished data from the different government agencies in the country and South Korea. This pilot study was released on July 31, 2018 in a data snapshot form to communicate the results to different readers (from researchers and development practitioners to the public). The data snapshot outlines the profile of the Korean migrants in the Philippines, the typology and drivers of their migration, their geographical distribution in the country, and some key challenges in migrating to the Philippines.


Philippine Outlook on Migration and Gender Equality

In March 2018, UP CIFAL Philippines convened a group of migration professionals to discuss the outlook for the country’s diaspora. In this meeting, the group identified the so-called “big questions” that must be answered and that correspond to the most pressing issues that confront Overseas Filipinos, most especially workers in vulnerable sectors.

One key recommendation that was raised during the March meeting was the need to formulate a migration outlook that will chart the commitments and actions necessary for the Philippines to encourage the reintegration of migrants and fully realize the development potential of migration.


Professional Certificate Course on Global Migration

UP-CIFAL Philippines is offering a Professional Certificate Course on Global Migration (PCCGM). It aims to deepen the critical understanding of Filipino migration practitioners on key aspects of human mobility and migration governance in the context of SDGs, Global Compact for Migration (GCM), and other international and local instruments so they can come up with responsive plans or programs applicable to their line of work and organization.

The course is meant to be a continuing education for professionals, particularly those at the frontline of migration and development work. A joint certificate from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and UP-CIFAL Philippines will be given after the presentation of the capstone project and after completing the requirements of each module.

UP-CIFAL Philippines will launch the PCCGM in the last quarter of 2019.

1. To understand the concept of migration as a global and national occurrence along with its issues, including its underlying drivers, trends, challenges, and pathways;
2. Analyze the multifaceted nature and scope of international migration as embodied in the United Nations’ Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
3. Analyze challenges and opportunities on migration using interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder outlooks;
4. Broaden the perspective and understanding on migration governance as this relates to policy action and socioeconomic development planning and approaches;
5. Explore innovative and practical solutions responsive to the challenges of international migration and sustainable development; and
6. Challenge learners to contribute to specific concerns of the agency or advocacy

• Priority is given to those working in government agencies
• At the frontline of migration and advocacy work
• Graduate students with a minimum of 2 years work experience
• Those who may be interested in a continuing education

Learners at the end of the course would achieve:
1. A broad understanding of migration as well as its underlying challenges and opportunities and its relation to international cooperation, local governance, and development;
2. A critical understanding of international migration and its link to sustainable development, gender equality, and human rights;
3. Skills in integrating their acquired knowledge to a practical application or solutions on migration challenges.

The course adopts a blended learning approach:
a. Face-to-face learning
b. Interactive group discussions and workshops
c. Webinars and online learning
d. Guided applied learning exercises

Module 1. Migration in the 21st Century: Origins, Concepts, and Role in Sustainable Development
Module 2. Migration, International Laws, Rules-Based Agreements, and Human Rights
Module 3. Dimensions of Migration: Economic, Social, and Cultural Impacts
Module 4. Migration Governance I: Migration Information and Data Utilization
Module 5. Migration Governance II: From Facilitating Mobility to Crisis Respondence
Module 6. Migration Governance III: Reintegration and Strategic Development
Module 7. Capstone Project: Integrating Migration in Development Policies and Plans


Webinars, lectures, round table discussions, and forums

For 2019, UP CIFAL Philippines will host webinars, lectures, round table discussions, and forums on emerging and salient issues. Updates on events will be posted on the announcements page and on UP CIFAL Philippines’ Facebook page.