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Robyn Magalit Rodriguez

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665273

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665273.001.0001

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A Global Enterprise of Labor

A Global Enterprise of Labor

Mobilizing Migrants for Export

(p.19) 2 A Global Enterprise of Labor
Migrants for Export

Robyn Magalit Rodriguez

University of Minnesota Press

The global extent and scale of Philippine migration is permitted by the transnational bureaucracy reinforced by the Philippine government as a means of mobilizing migrants for export. The government agencies responsible for facilitating out-migration carry out the function of “authorization” that allows aspiring immigrants to pursue jobs overseas. This chapter analyzes the government’s migration bureaucracy, which demonstrates the significance of the labor-sending state to the international migration of Philippine workers, as well as an “on the ground” perspective of the migrants’ experiences as they negotiate with the bureaucracy to secure overseas employment.

Keywords:   Philippine migration, transnational bureaucracy, out-migration, Philippine government, overseas employment

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