GENDERED PATTERNS OF LABOR MIGRATION IN PHILIPPINE

Dr. Naima Tabassum, Dr. Abida Tahirani, Huma Tabassum, Dr. Misbah Bibi Qureshi

Abstract


This paper focuses on gendered patterns of labor migration from Philippine during 2001 to 2009. Its objective is to identify the different levels of male and female Filipino migrants’ participation in different work sectors in international labor market. The data was collected from the yearly official records of migrants for the period from 2001 to 2009 as gathered and compiled by the republic of Philippine. The data was analyzed and interpreted by the author and presented in graphical form to serve the purpose of this paper. It is argued that a highly gendered pattern of migration emerged in Philippine. The overall number of women migrants throughout the period studied has remained higher than that of men. The work sectors in international labor markets also generate highly gendered demands resulting in different patterns of men and women migrants leaving Philippine to join work outside their country. The majority of Filipino women migrate to join the feminine jobs as service workers. On the contrary, Filipino men migrate to join production, transport equipment and labor related works in international labor market.

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