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Migrants for ExportHow the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World$
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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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Able Minds, Able Hands

Able Minds, Able Hands

Marketing Philippine Workers

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Migrants for Export

Robyn Magalit Rodriguez

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines how the Philippine government works to open up markets for Philippine workers. Migration officials closely monitor the economic and political trends and transformations created by neoliberal globalization, and subsequently attempt to exploit potential opportunities to export workers through so-called “market promotions.” Since the global mobility of Philippine labor is also dependent on the host’s willingness to open their borders to foreign workers, the Philippine state engages in diplomatic negotiations with labor-receiving countries to formalize transfers of labor. Private recruitment agencies do not have the capacity to map global labor market trends in the way the Philippine government can, and are in fact dependent on the state’s efforts to open up markets for workers.

Keywords:   Philippine workers, Philippine migration, Philippine labor, labor transfer, market promotions, neoliberal globalization, global labor market

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