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ILO and EU join hands for overseas Filipino nurses

The International Labour Organization (ILO) will implement a three-year technical cooperation project, “Promoting Decent Work Across Borders: A Pilot Project for Migrant Health Professionals and Skilled Workers”. The project will be funded by the European Union through its thematic programme on migration and asylum.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) will implement a three-year technical cooperation project, “Promoting Decent Work Across Borders: A Pilot Project for Migrant Health Professionals and Skilled Workers”. The project will be funded by the European Union through its thematic programme on migration and asylum.

The project aims to assist migrant health professionals. It will develop pilot schemes on online registration, skills testing and certification, preparation and counseling, placement for European employment, and their re-employment upon return. It will also help improve data collection and analysis of labour market information on the demand and supply of professionals and skilled personnel in health care in the EU, alternative destination countries and the employment prospects among participating countries. Moreover, it will foster policy dialogues to determine ways of ensuring effective implementation for the mutual benefit of both sending and receiving countries.

The project will be implemented in the Philippines and India, being among the Asian countries with high number of health professionals migrating for work in the EU. There are also plans to replicate the project in Viet Nam towards the later stage. The ILO, through the new project, will work with labour ministries and other institutions dealing with nursing and healthcare profession.

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