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 in Italy, 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 "voluntary 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 (ongoing):

  • Case Studies Illustrating How Ethical Recruitment Considerations can be Integrated in the Procurement of Labour Recruiters’ Service (commissioned by IOM)
  • Identifying Employment-Specific Risks Facing Migrant Workers in the Cleaning Services, Logistics, and Private Security Sectors from Asian Nations in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic (commissioned by IOM)


Teaching duties (AY 2020-21):

  1. Tutor (Teaching assistant): Public Economics, Master's in Public Policy and Human Development (MPP)
  2. Tutor (Teaching assistant): Negotiation Simulation, Solution of International Disputes Through Negotiation and Mutual Agreement, MPP
  3. Guest lecturer: MPP Migration Specialisation: The Migration Lifecycle: Journeys, Integration, Return
  4. Tutor (Teaching assistant): Global Policy Challenges in Comparative Regionalism (Project Management and Logical Framework Approach), MPP
  5. Research tutor: Evidence-Based Policy Research Methods (EPRM)


Full profile:

Selected publications by Lalaine Siruno

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Siruno, Lalaine, Thomas Swerts & Arjen Leerkes, 2022, Personal Recognition Strategies of Undocumented Migrant Domestic Workers in The Netherlands, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, DOI: 10.1080/15562948.2022.2077503, More information
Siruno, Lalaine, 2021, In God we trust: Religious beliefs and sensemaking of Filipino undocumented migrants in the Netherlands, Routed Migration & (Im)mobility Magazine(18), More information
Siruno, Lalaine, 2021, ‘We are Filipinos, we do bayanihan, we help each other’: undocumented migrants in the Netherlands during COVID, London School of Economics - COVID-19 Blog, More information
Siruno, Lalaine, 2009, Public Health Enforcement: Can it be Justified?, Asian Bioethics Review, 1(2): 54-55
Siruno, Lalaine, T. Awaya, S. Toledano, F. Aguilar, Y. Shimazono & L. de Castro, 2009, Failure of Informed Consent in Compensated Non-Related Kidney Donation in the Philippines, Asian Bioethics Review, 1(2): 138-143
Siruno, Lalaine, 2007, Operation Pot Belly: Dealing with Obesity in the Police Force (Case Response), Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 4(3): 243-244

Book chapters
Siruno, Lalaine, 2009, The Living Non-Related Organ Donation System in the Philippines (Translated to Japanese), in: K. Kai (Ed.), Post-Genome Society and Medical Law, Shinzansga, Tokyo
Siruno, Lalaine & F. Aguilar, 2004, Community Without a Kidney: A Tragedy?, in: D.R. Macer (Ed.), Challenges for Bioethics from Asia, Eubios Ethics Institute, Tsukuba

Siruno, Lalaine, 2022, Responsibility and solidarity across the EU, Part of a special edition of the Studio Europa Maastricht policy briefs collection. This policy brief presents academic reflections on a selection of recommendations adopted at the European Citizens’ Panel on migration and EU in the world. Studio Europa Maastricht and European Institute of Public Administation (EIPA), in February 2022, hosted the panel in the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe in Maastricht, More information

Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Siruno, Lalaine, 2021, The Multi-Level Governance of Irregular Migration in the Netherlands, Part of the Dossier: Can we Govern Migration Better?, More information