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13 May 2019 - 17 May 2019

Fostering the social and professional reintegration of return migrants

13 May 2019 - 17 May 2019

Fostering the social and professional reintegration of return migrants

Fostering the social and professional reintegration of return migrants

Course Information

13 May 2019 - 17 May 2019

English - French

Turin Centre

Code: A9011994

Enrolment deadline: 19 April 2019

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Description

Description

Return migration continues to be one of the least considered aspects of migration policy, despite its crucial socio-economic significance for countries of both origin and destination. Obstacles to addressing the issue of return migration may stem from the lack of analytical tools for gauging the impact of return migration on development and identifying the factors shaping returnees' patterns of reintegration, as well as the need for adequate institutional mechanisms for fostering and supporting the social and professional reintegration of migrants in their country of origin. Policies for helping returnees 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 factors that affect their capacity for reintegration in the home country. Policy-makers should consider the employment and investment opportunities for migrants who return temporarily or permanently, adopting a development-oriented approach that places their 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 appropriate support mechanisms. The course aims to strengthen the capacity of key actors to design and facilitate evidence-based return-migration policies and programmes.

Target audience

Target audience

The course is designed for officials and practitioners committed to facilitating the reintegration of return migrants. More specifically, (1) Public authorities at national and local level, (2) Workers' and employers' representatives, (3) NGOs and CSOs dealing with migration and development, (4) Migrant associations, (5) International cooperation agencies and organizations.

Context

Context

The legal right to return in one’s own country is defended, inter alia, in Article 13(2) of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 12(2) of the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and all countries should promote this fundamental right in their legislations with due attention to return migrants’ aspirations.

Multilateral and bilateral cooperation is crucial to address return, especially through strong partnerships among countries of origin, transit and destination, at regional and interregional levels, with the involvement of relevant non-governmental actors and workers’ and employers’ organizations.

The ILO in its Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration recommends “wherever possible to facilitate migrant workers’ return by providing information, training, and assistance prior to their departure and on arrival in their home country concerning the return process, the journey and reintegration”.

The strategies to implement effective policies as applied to return migration and reintegration are diverse and regard both host and home countries.

In response to these challenges and opportunities, ITCILO announces its upcoming course entitled “Fostering the social and professional reintegration of return migrants”. This course will explore the linkage between return migration and development while explaining why some return migrants succeed in reintegrating back home whereas others do not.

Objectives

Objectives

The course aims to address 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, it will:

  • Set out to gather innovative and comparative data on returnees’ conditions back home
  • Combine a top down with a bottom-up approach to return migration and reintegration
  • Aim to raise awareness of the need to develop adequate mechanisms sustaining the reintegration of returnees while redefining current policy priorities as applied to return

 Finally, it will contribute to:

  • Understanding 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
  • Providing analytical tools and instruments (e.g. indicators) allowing adequate policies to be adopted with a view to supporting migrants’ reintegration
  • Further integration return migration issues in national and regional development strategies 

Content

Content

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.

Format and Methodology

Format and Methodology

The ITC promotes a three-phase approach in its learning activities:

  • Pre-training phase (online platform): two weeks before the face-to-face (residential) phase, during which participants can access initial information on the course content and follow an introductory module.
  • Face-to-face phase (residential) which combines lectures and discussions, as well as case studies, role-play exercises and group work.
  • Follow-up phase (online platform), during which participants can access course material, as well as new resources online, and can continue the discussion and consultation with other participants and experts via the internet through the Forum discussion of the online platform.

During the course

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. Training methods combine lectures and discussions, case studies, open space debates, role-play exercises and group work using up-to-date learning methods and technologies. Particular attention will be paid to the presentation of “good practices” through case studies reflecting experiences already gained locally and internationally. 

 

Language requirements

Language requirements

The course will be offered in both English and French.

How to apply

How to apply

Applicants should complete the online nomination form no later than 22 March 2019, supported by a nomination letter from the sponsoring institution indicating how the participant will be financed.

To start your online registration please click here 

Please note that if a Schengen visa for Italy is needed, the time required is on average at least three weeks.

For information regarding payment, cancellation and refunds, please consult our policy here 

Please note that if a Schengen visa for Italy is needed, the time required is on average at least three weeks.

Your stay on campus

Your stay on campus

Located in Turin (Italy), in an attractive park on the banks of the River Po, the Centre’s campus provides a congenial environment in which to live and study.

Click here to know more about the International Training Centre of the ILO and its mission.

You can also have a look at the facilities of the Centre by clicking here.

Tuition cost: 1615

Subsistence cost: 635

Total cost: 2250

 

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