Senior Policy Analyst
Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, based in Manila where she manages MPI’s work in the Asia-Pacific region. Her areas of expertise include temporary and circular migration, particularly between Asia and the Middle East; diaspora policy; and the migration-development nexus.
Her scholarship includes two books on diaspora policy — Developing a Road Map for Engaging Diasporas in Development (co-author) and Closing the Distance: How Governments Strengthen Ties with Their Diasporas (editor) — and various reports on migration and development, with a focus on labor migration, the regulation of labor recruiters, and governments’ efforts to engage their diasporas.
Before joining MPI, Ms. Agunias was an Edward Weintal Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in Washington, DC and a factory worker and part-time domestic worker in Reykjavik, Iceland. She also worked as Regional Research Officer at the International Organization for Migration in Bangkok and as consultant at the World Bank in Washington, DC and in Sydney.
She holds a master’s degree in foreign service, with honors, from Georgetown University, where she concentrated in international development; and a bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines.
Read Ms. Agunias' report, Guiding the Invisible Hand: Making Migration Intermediaries Work for Development.