E-Learning on Fostering the Social and Professional Reintegration of Return Migrants

Fostering the Social and Professional Reintegration of Return Migrants

E-Learning on Fostering the Social and Professional Reintegration of Return Migrants

24 October–2 December 2022
The course is available in English
Key Features

An action-oriented, highly participative approach will be used, with particular attention devoted to sharing international experiences with a view to their adaptation and practical application. Particular attention will be paid to the presentation of “good practices” through case studies reflecting experiences already gained locally and internationally.


An innovative e-learning experience combining self-paced modules, webinars and discussions, case studies, forum debates, role-play exercises and group work using up-to-date learning methods and technologies.


Learning begins at own pace, continues through high-quality, engaging “real time” sessions and ends with an individual assignment


Practitioners from different parts of the world and different background will join the e-learning to share with participants their concrete experience and actions on establishing fair recruitment practices.

Introduction to the course

Return migration continues to be one of the least considered aspects in migration policy, despite its crucial socioeconomic significance for both countries of origin and destination. Obstacles to address return migration may stem from the lack of analytical tools informing the impact of return on development and about the factors shaping returnees' patterns of reintegration and the need for adequate institutional mechanisms aimed at fostering and supporting the social and professional reintegration of migrants in their country of origin. Policies addressing return migration need to take into account the pre- and post-return conditions faced by migrant workers, the reasons for their emigration and return, the duration of their stay abroad, and all the elements that may affect the capacity for reintegration in their home country. Such policies should consider the employment and investment opportunities for return migrants, whether they are returning temporarily or permanently. The need is for a development-oriented approach that places migrants' skills, rights, aspirations and know-how at the centre of the discussion. Return constitutes a stage in the migration cycle and requires a multidisciplinary rights-based approach and relevant support mechanisms. This online course will provide the advanced knowledge required for a better understanding of the social and professional reintegration of return labour migrants. Participants will share and examine innovative and comparative data on the conditions faced by returnees in their countries of origin, study mechanisms sustaining the reintegration of returnees, and use analytical tools and instruments that will be helpful in supporting their reintegration.

Who attends this course?

The course is addressed to: - Officials from various public institutions and ministries dealing with labour migration and development - Representatives from workers and employers' organizations - Representatives of NGOs dealing with the protection of migrants' rights and the linkages between migration and development, migrants' associations and representatives of Diasporas - Officials from International development agencies, regional economic communities - Officials from local authorities - Researchers from Universities and research institutes

This course qualifies for the ITCILO Diploma for Labour Migration Experts and Practitioners. Take the Academy on Labour Migration, three courses out of all eligible courses within a five year period, and complete a capstone project to become part of a global cadre of practitioners and experts with a recognised set of skills in labour migration policy.

What will I be able to do?

The course addresses the social and professional reintegration of return migrants by strengthening the capacity of policy level stakeholders design and facilitate evidence-based return migration policies.  More specifically, you will be able to:

  • Access innovative and comparative data on returnees’ conditions back home
  • Combine a top down and a bottom-up approach to return migration and reintegration 
  • Benefit from increased awareness of the need to develop adequate mechanisms sustaining the reintegration of returnees while redefining current policy priorities as applied to return
  • Understand the factors, public policies, as well as the pre- and post-return conditions shaping migrants’ patterns of reintegration in their country of origin 
  • Explaining why return may or may not have a positive impact on the development of migrants’ country of origin 
  • Acquire analytical tools and instruments (e.g. indicators) allowing adequate policies to be adopted with a view to supporting migrants’ reintegration 
  • Promote the integration of  return migration issues in national and regional development strategies.
What topics does this course cover?

The course will tackle the following topics:

  • Measuring return flows and stocks;
  • Heterogeneity of returnees’ profiles and patterns of reintegration;
  • Factors shaping returnees’ patterns of reintegration back home. Why do some returnees contribute to development whereas others do not?
  • Returnees’ investment and skills portability in the labour;
  • Social protection mechanisms to cover returnees and their families;
  • Empowering returnees and access to services at local level; 
  • The link between integration in host countries and reintegration in home countries;
  • Impact of vocational training on the returnees’ propensity to reintegrate professionally back home
  • Entrepreneurship of returnees and impact on development; 
  • Coordination and coherence among public institutions (local and national) in the development of a reintegration policy.

The course consists of a number of online modules offered through the ITCILO e-Campus online platform to be completed over a period of six weeks, from 8 NOVEMBER – 17 DECEMBER 2021, for an estimated 60 learning hours. The course is broken down into three phases:

  • Flexible learning: (asynchronous) self-guided online learning on e-campus, forum of discussion facilitated by experts and assessment throughout the different phases of the course.
  • “Real time” learning (synchronous): Live interactive sessions and engaging video presentations by highly experienced trainers, blended with individual and collaborative group exercises, peer-to-peer assessment and online technical forums on e-campus.
  • End of course assignment: Individual assignment applying the teachings acquired during the course
  •  Participants who successfully complete all assessments and the final assignment will receive a Certificate of Achievement. The passing grade is 60/100
Language requirements

The course is offered in English and Spanish.

What will I be required to do during the course?

Course learning materials and tuition will be offered online in English. The following requirements are therefore essential to participate in this course:

  • the ability to use and access a computer with internet
  • working knowledge of written English or Spanish
  • the availability to dedicate per week between 5-10 hours to the course
Costs and Payment

The cost of participation is 950 EUR, and is payable in advance by the participant or his or her sponsoring organization.


Applicants should complete the online nomination form no later than 8 November 2021, supported by a nomination letter from the sponsoring institution indicating how the participant will be financed. The form can be found at https://oarf2.itcilo.org/DST/A9713751/en

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