Centre Migrant Advocacy

Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA)

The Center for Migrant Advocacy is an advocacy group that promotes the rights of overseas Filipinos both land or sea-based migrant workers and Filipino immigrants – and their families.

The Center works to help improve the economic, social and political conditions of migrant Filipino families everywhere through policy advocacy, information dissemination, networking, capability-building, and direct assistance. CMA gathers information, conducts studies, and analyzes urgent issues on overseas migration and related concerns and disseminates these to its partners, networks, and constituents.

Find out more on the CMA website.

Meet our alumni

Ethan Hughes, Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA), Winter Vacation 2018

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?
My Name is Ethan Hughes, I studied a Bachelor of Media, Majoring in Screen Practice and Production. For my PACE International activity, I was placed in Quezon City in the Philippines at the Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA)

What was your role or project at your host organisation?
Myself and three other Macquarie University Students were responsible for interviewing overseas Filipino workers (OFW’s), Government migration agencies, Filipino political activists, as well as representing Macquarie and CMA. We were tasked to create videos addressing the social costs of being a migrant worker, as well as the consequences of being victim to illegal recruitment. These videos are now being used by CMA for promotional use online, publicly and in Seminar’s around the Philippines.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?
After hearing about the PACE International experience through word of mouth and hearing first-hand accounts from ex-PACE students, my interest in the opportunity was fascinated. The idea of being able to experience a different culture for my degree sounded like a privilege and an opportunity to apply my skills acquired at Macquarie to a workplace environment overseas. It was also a peace of mind knowing that many of the logistics of the trip were organised by PACE.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?
Seize the day. You’ll never know what opportunities will arise or experiences will happen if you don’t take seize the day. Like myself and my fellow PACE students. You’ll make new friends, you’ll make new experiences and you’ll learn.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?
Simple, travel and culture. My most treasured experiences were the most eye-opening. Our host organisation took us around the Philippines to islands and regional areas to visit and hear the stories of migrant Filipino workers. Some of their experiences concluded with happy endings, some sad endings, others a mixture of the two. Upon returning to Australia, my awareness and outlook surrounding many socio-political had changed. Moreover, I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the Filipino, foods, people and culture.

Unit info

*Please note that the unit availability, timing and activities are always subject to change

UnitUnit timingOverseas activity timingActivity examples
LAWS452/LAWS899Session 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Research and dissemminate information regarding the ASEAN protection instrument for migrant workers and reviewing/editing a magna carta for migrant workers to ensure it accurately reflects and cites the constitution and also international conventions ratified by the Philippines.
MAS350Session 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Students will provide support in developing CMA's online communications work including audio-visual projects.
INTS305Session 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Students will provide support in developing CMA's online communications work including audio-visual projects.
SSCI301Session 1 (before activity)Winter VacationConduct research into the implementation of new legislation and policies such as deployment plans and evaluate how effective they have been in improving legal and social conditions of migrants
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