Lalaine Siruno MA, MSc

PhD fellow

Research group(s):
6. Migration and Development
8. Population, Development and Labour Economics

Building on her previous research work on irregular migration, Lalaine's PhD project is a qualitative empirical project involving Filipino migrants (particularly those working in the domestic sector) in the Netherlands and their family or household members in the Philippines. It explores how migration status interacting with other macro-, meso-, and micro-level factors bears upon the functionings or human development outcomes of both individual migrants and their households. The project focuses on functionings that manifest through the mechanisms of remittances and of recognition. It also discusses the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resilience strategies adopted by migrant domestic workers.

In addition, Lalaine is looking more closely into the role of beliefs in migration and exploring the notion of what she calls "intentional" or "purposeful irregularity" in migration trajectories. The overarching objective of her research project is to elucidate a more nuanced and dynamic understanding of the relationship between (irregular) migration and human development. 

Lalaine has a bachelor's degree in Philosophy (magna cum laude) from the University of the Philippines - Diliman, a double master of arts in Applied Ethics from Linköping University and Utrecht University, and a master of science in the Governance of Migration and Diversity from Erasmus University Rotterdam (LDE programme with enrolment and courses in Leiden University, TU Delft and ISS-EUR). 

She has held research and/or teaching positions in various higher education institutions including the the University of the Philippines - Diliman, University of Oslo, and TU Delft. She has also been a visiting researcher at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford.

Research interests:

  • Migration and (human) development
  • Irregular (undocumented) migration 
  • Irregular migration stocks and flows
  • Migration and remittances
  • Migration and COVID-19
  • Labour migration and ethical recruitment 
  • Transnationalism


Other research projects:


Teaching and supervision:

  • Supervisor: Master's thesis, Migration specialisation, Master's in Public Policy and Human Development (MPP)
  • Instructor: Migration Management Diploma Programme (MMDP)
  • Mentor: Employability Track, MPP
  • Guest lecturer: MPP Migration Specialisation: The Migration Lifecycle: Journeys, Integration, Return
  • Tutor (AY2020-22): Negotiation Simulation, Solution of International Disputes Through Negotiation and Mutual Agreement, MPP
  • Tutor (AY2020-21): Public Economics, MPP
  • Tutor (AY2020-21): Global Policy Challenges in Comparative Regionalism (Project Management and Logical Framework Approach), MPP
  • Research tutor: Evidence-Based Policy Research Methods (EPRM)


MPP Theses Supervised (AY 2022-2023):

  • Allan Darwich (BR) - Figures of Fear: counting and using numbers of irregular migration into  the EU
  • Anne Droste (DE) - Living in Legal Illegality – How Does Living in Ongoing Temporariness Affect the Life Aspirations of Migrants with a Duldung Status in Germany?
  • Giulia Mori (IT) - The Impact of Covid-19 on NGOs’ Provision of Primary Healthcare and its Utilisation by Irregular Migrants in Italy


Full profile:


Selected publications by Lalaine Siruno