Three Scalabrini Migration Study Centers Release Reports on the Future of Work for Migrants


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Three Scalabrini Migration Study Centers Release Reports on the Future of Work for Migrants

New York, NY, USA | Cape Town, South Africa | Quezon City, Philippines – Three think-tanks that are part of the network of Scalabrini Migration Study Centers (SMSC) and the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN), today released a series of reports commissioned by the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC). The reports are part of the “The Future of Work, Labour After Laudato Sì” initiative, a global effort to respond to Pope Francis’ second encyclical.

The introductory paper, authored by Donald Kerwin, Executive Director of the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) examines the moral and ethical principles that should govern the future of work and international migration. Titled “International Migration and Work: Charting an Ethical Approach to the Future,” the paper draws from academic literature, case studies, international law, the recently adopted global compacts on migrants and refugees, and Catholic social thought.

The Scalabrini Migration Center in the Philippines (SMC) reports on two ambitious studies. The first, “Out at Sea, Out of Sight: Southeast Asian Fishermen on Taiwanese Fishing Vessels,” is based on a series of interviews with migrant fishermen.  In the report, SMC identified significant gaps in protection and elements of human trafficking.  SMC’s second report, entitled “Sowing Hope: Agriculture as an Alternative to Migration for Young Filipinos?” explores programs that seek to make agriculture a viable career for young adults in the Philippines, who might otherwise emigrate. The report found that Filipinos would be more likely to make agriculture their livelihood, if they viewed it as profitable, well-supported, modern and a socially valuable career.

The Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA) released an exhaustive report about the impact of work and labor policy on the circumstances of migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, in Cape Town, South Africa. Many of those surveyed worked in the most unregulated and exploitative sectors of the economy, and endured xenophobia and violence.

These reports were first presented at the Meeting of ICMC Asia-Oceania Working Group and High-Level Regional Conference on the “Future of Work,” in Bangkok, Thailand in December 2019.  “ICMC has been a leader in welcoming, protecting and integrating migrants,” said Mr. Kerwin. “Their vision informed these reports and their support made this important work possible.”

The CMS report is now available at:

The SMC reports are now available at:

The SIHMA report is available at:

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