Women's Role In Transnational Migration

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Decades ago, starting from the assumption that migration would be related to men’s work, women were believed to participate in migration only as a companion, or, eventually, in family reunion. However, the changes to the women’s role in many societies, their insertion in the labor market, the advancement on the emancipation process, and, above all, the present increase in number of female migrants, makes it even more arguable and surpassed the notion of women as just passive agents on migratory processes.
Brought about by the decentralization of manufacturing production from the developed countries is a key explanation for the increasing demand of low -wage labor from the developing countries. Due to developing economy, the life standard
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Today, studies have examined that large number of female migrants migrate from developing countries for better job opportunities in the developed nations. The invisibility of women participating in transnational migration has now gained more attention because of the transforming global labor market. Nevertheless, women labor is not only considered as low-wage labor but also undervalued as “cheap” or…show more content…
For instance, women who migrate to developed nations for job opportunities engage in transnational practices such as sending remittances to their families who are left behind. It is even noted that women are praised by their nation for their help in the development issues such as family wellbeing and education. Additionally, they have also become wage earners for many families, which suggest the change in the dimension of the patriarchal family structure. For example, many Filipino women, who have been working overseas as migrants send remittances to their families for the education of their siblings as well as for the well-being of their parents. Here, we can see how the feminization of labor migration reshapes gender relations. For example, often men are expected to be the wage earner of the family, but the examples foreshadow that even women are capable of taking responsibility of their families as well as contributing to the development of their
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