To familiarize everyone with key socioeconomic terms and concepts, we have this new social media series.

For this week, our buzzword is "migrant worker".

It refers to an individual who performs, has performed, or is looking for a paid job in a country he/she is not a citizen of.

Source: International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families

A PIDS study found that factors such as governance, cultural and language barriers, and socioeconomic inequities can limit migrant workers’ literacy of health and social security systems in the destination countries.

Thus, well-designed outbound and place-specific orientation seminars and information dissemination programs by the Philippine government and nongovernment organizations are crucial. Social networks, informal channels, and the media can also help individual migrants overcome the abovementioned limitations.

Know more about migrant workers’ health and social security literacy by reading “Scoping Study on Health and Social Security Systems Literacy of Filipino Migrant Workers in East Asia” available at

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