FLOW OF FILIPINO WOMEN MIGRANT DOMESTIC WORKERS WITHIN EAST ASIAN REGION

Dr. Naima Tabassum, Huma Tabassum, Tabassum Afzal

Abstract


This  paper   is   aimed   to   review  the  patterns  of  Filipino  women  migrant domestic  worker’s  movement  as  first  hires  to the other countries within  East  Asia  region.  The  paper  is  based  on  the  data  collected  from the annual official records maintained by and taken from online data base of the Philippines Overseas Employment Administration. The major contribution of the paper is that with the help of  data analysis it has established a typology of the four categories of the countries in East Asian region according to the number of Filipino women migrant domestic workers each of these countries received.  The first category of country included Hong Kong as a country  receiving more than tens of thousands of the women domestic workers from Philippines. Second category includes Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Brunei, and Japan as countries receiving few thousand to few hundreds of the women domestic workers from Philippines. Third category including South  Korea,  China, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, North Korea, and East Timor as countries receiving less than hundred women domestic workers.  Fourth category includes Mayanmar and Laos as countries not receiving any women throughout the period as shown in official record. The overall trend  of Filipino women migrant domestic workers migrating within East Asian region is declining.

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