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Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias

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Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias

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.  

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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.

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Policy Briefs
April 2007
By Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias and Kathleen Newland
Reports
September 2006
By Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias

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Qatar's dependence on foreign workers is expected to intensify over the coming decade as it steps up its preparations to host the World Cup in 2022. Migrant workers already dominate Qatar's labor force, comprising 94 percent of all workers and 86 percent of the country's total population of nearly 2 million — the world's highest ratio of migrants to citizens.

For many developing countries, migrants are considered valuable contributors to future development. As proof of their commitment, they have invested in diaspora institutions with responsibilities ranging from protecting migrants to encouraging investment. MPI's Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias analyzes 45 such institutions across 30 countries and breaks them down by type.

Temporary workers, generally seen as a solution to the changing and growing economic needs of developed countries, rarely focus on the needs of migrant-sending countries. MPI's Dovelyn Agunias reviews relevant research and the policy options proposed for closing this gap.

In 2004, Central American countries received US$ 7.8 billion in remittances through official channels. Are remittances hurting or helping the region? MPI’s Dovelyn Agunias investigates.

Policy Briefs
April 2007
By Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias and Kathleen Newland
Reports
September 2006
By Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias

Pages