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Establishing a Culture of Migration: The Spatial, Economic, and Social Planning of Philippine-Korean Labour Migration
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Since the second half of the 20th century the Philippines have supplied the world with migrant workers. Today, almost one tenth of the population is residing abroad. Labour migration has become an important source of revenue to both state and private actors through remittances, for the Philippines, and a source of cheap labour battling labour shortage, in the receiving countries. Today, the global labour market is a distinct and important part of what we call globalisation. This is portrayed in this thesis through the lens of Philippine-Korean labour migration.

The purpose of this thesis is to illustrate the emergence of migrants as a commodity for export, the institutionalised creation of migrants, the normalisation of labour migration, and containment of migrants through legal and spatial constraints, in Manila and in Seoul.

This thesis look at the ways in which labour migration, as an economic policy, is internalised and transformed into a culture of migration. I argue that the effects of a culture of migration is felt not just by the labour migrants themselves, but also by their families and by the Philippines as a whole. As such, the reliance on remittances as a source of income has transformed domestic and global infrastructures as well as norms and social behaviour. Moreover, this thesis aims to add to the discussion on migration and remittances by exploring social dimensions and consequences of the globalisation of the labour market.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 93
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Masteruppsatser i kulturantropologi, ISSN 1653-2244 ; 75
Keywords [en]
labour migration, the Philippines, Korea, globalisation, transnationalism, transnational families, ethnic enclaves, remittances
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Social Anthropology Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-343257OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-343257DiVA, id: diva2:1185868
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Master Programme in the Humanities - Cultural Anthropology
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