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Going Back, Moving On—Final ILO-EU Return and Reintegration Project Conference Scheduled on 27 March in the Philippines

The ILO-EU Project on “Economic and Social Empowerment of Migrants, Including Victims of Trafficking Returned from the European Union (EU) and Neighboring Countries” (Thailand and the Philippines) will have a Final Project Conference in Manila, Philippines on 27 March 2012.

The ILO-EU Project on “Economic and Social Empowerment of Migrants, Including Victims of Trafficking Returned from the European Union (EU) and Neighboring Countries” (Thailand and the Philippines) will have a Final Project Conference in Manila, Philippines on 27 March 2012.

The Conference aims to: (a) Enhance understanding on issues and challenges in the economic and social empowerment of returned migrants; (b) Facilitate the sharing of emerging/ potential good practices and lessons learned by the Project’s implementing partners in addressing the economic and social empowerment of returned migrants from the EU countries, toward their full recovery and reintegration;  and (c) Generate recommendations from the participants to move forward reintegration programs for returned migrants, including victims of trafficking.

                 At the end of the Conference, it is expected that participants are able to understand the dynamics of assisting returned migrants, including victims of trafficking, in their economic and social reintegration, as well as appreciate the various approaches to service delivery; and generate commitment and create wider use of systems and tools developed under the Project.

 Other highlights of the Conference are:  (a) Presentation of preliminary assessment and findings of independent Project evaluation (Thailand and the Philippines); (b) Presentation of documented emerging good practices and lessons learned in Project implementation (Thailand and the Philippines); (c) Plenary and parallel (simultaneous) discussions Panel discussions on three themes, as follows: (1) Identifying and reaching returned migrant workers; (2) Social preparation for returned migrants; and (3) Empowering returned migrants toward their economic independence; and (d) Launch of knowledge products from the Philippines and Thailand. 

Source: ilo.org/manila

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