Global Crises, Gender and Migration

31 July 2013 -- ADB Chief Economist Changyong Rhee delivered the opening remarks at the launch of The Impact of the Global Crises on Asian Migrant Workers and Their Families: A survey-based analysis with a gender perspective on 30 July 2013 at ADB Headquarters.

A separate booklet which highlights the key findings of the publication was also launched during the event.

The research and publication, funded by ADB's Gender and Development Cooperation Fund (GDCF), reveals that the crisis has affected women migrant workers unfavorably. In addition to an increasing feminization of current migration, women are more vulnerable due to their lower education, skills, and income. The study also shows that (i) women migrants face greater difficulties in reintegrating into the domestic labor market upon their return; (ii) more women migrants would like to go abroad again after their return; (iii) more women in migrant families work in vulnerable employment; and (iv) women in migrant households generally face a heavier burden due to their gendered and reproductive roles.

Imrana Jalal, Senior Social Development Specialist, gave an overview of the ADB Gender Policy and new Operational Plan, whilst Guntur Sugiyarto, Senior Economist, who guided and partly prepared the publication, presented the key findings of the study.

Sharing their reflections on the results of the study were Hans Leo J. Cacdac, Administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Imelda M. Nicolas, Chairperson of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, and Dr. Demetrios G. Papademetriou, President of the Migration Policy Institute.