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servants of globalization: women, migration and domestic work

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University of Toronto St. George
Bonnie Fox

Rhacel Salazar ParrenasServants of Globalization Women Migration and Domestic WorkIncreasingly occupations in domestic work provide benefits both for the sending and the receiving countries For the receiving countries domestic workers fulfill a labour market shortage in care giving services for the young disabled and elderly For the supplying countries domestic workers provide important economic benefits to the families they leave behind Of all sending countries the Philippines is one of the main sources of domestic workers on the international market There are approximately 65 million Filipinoa migrant workers and over half are women Of these women twothirds are employed as domestic workers For the most part these women are highly educated having earned trade school diplomas and college degrees All are willing to leave their families behind to work abroad as domestic labourers Rhacel Salazar Parrenas examines the emotional costs paid by the Filipina women involved in this occupation the corresponding creation of transnational families and the impact of domestic labourers on the global labour market46 Filipina women in Rome and 26 Filipina women in Los Angeles all working as domestic caregivers More than half are married and have young children they have left in the PhilippinesTransnational families an interesting artefact of modern globalized labour movements Transnational families are families whose core members are located in at least two different nationstates p 80 In this study the mother would be working in Rome or Los Angeles while the father or other caregiver would be located in the Philippines and living with the children This type of family arrangement is quite common amongst families of domestic workers In Parrenas study 77 of the respondents in Rome and 89 of those in Los Angeles had spouses and children living in the
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