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Maruja M.B. Asis is Director of Research and Publications at the Scalabrini Migration Center and co-editor of the Asian and Pacific Migration Journal. Dr. Asis has a background in Sociology (BA, 1979) and Demography (MA, 1984) from the University of the Philippines. She holds a PhD in sociology (1989), with specialization in population studies and social change from Bowling Green State University.
Predeparture orientation programs have emerged as an important tool for the protection of migrant workers for a number of Asian states. This brief examines the strengths, limitations, and areas for improvement of this intervention.
An estimated 8.1 million Filipinos — nearly 10 percent of the country's population — are living in close to 200 countries and territories. Maruja M.B. Asis of the Scalabrini Migration Center-Philippines explains how the country developed its emigration policies and measures to protect its citizens abroad.
Maruja M.B. Asis, of the Philippines Scalabrini Migration Center, maps out the obstacles and opportunities facing the swelling ranks of women migrant workers in Asia.