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Activism from the Margins: Filipino Marriage Migrants in Australia

Activism from the Margins: Filipino Marriage Migrants in Australia Activism from the Margins Filipino Marriage Migrants in Australia glenda lynna anne tibe bonifacio introduction Global migration of Filipinos is highly gendered. Of the estimated 8,726,520 1 2 Filipinos living overseas as of December 2007, more than half were women. Their migration trajectories refl ect the restructuring of the international economy, which exacts demand for cheap labor in the service industry, mainly as nurses, nannies, and domestic workers, otherwise known as the “servants of globalization.” These servants are, in the words of Ninotchka Rosca, the “shameful export” of the Philippines. Another feminized trend is the migration of Filipino women as marriage migrants or brides in Western societies and in industrialized nations in Asia. The United States is the most popular destination of “marriage-for-migra- tion,” accounting for 40.89 percent of Filipinos with foreign partners from 6 7 1989 to 2007: an estimated fi ve thousand Filipino women every year. Other major destinations for Filipino marriage migrants are Australia, Canada, Ger- many, Japan, Norway, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United King- dom. According to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), the total number of documented Filipinos with foreign partners reached 333,672 in 2007. I suspect this number deals only with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies University of Nebraska Press

Activism from the Margins: Filipino Marriage Migrants in Australia

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Abstract

Activism from the Margins Filipino Marriage Migrants in Australia glenda lynna anne tibe bonifacio introduction Global migration of Filipinos is highly gendered. Of the estimated 8,726,520 1 2 Filipinos living overseas as of December 2007, more than half were women. Their migration trajectories refl ect the restructuring of the international economy, which exacts demand for cheap labor in the service industry, mainly as nurses, nannies, and domestic workers, otherwise known as the “servants of globalization.” These servants are, in the words of Ninotchka Rosca, the “shameful export” of the Philippines. Another feminized trend is the migration of Filipino women as marriage migrants or brides in Western societies and in industrialized nations in Asia. The United States is the most popular destination of “marriage-for-migra- tion,” accounting for 40.89 percent of Filipinos with foreign partners from 6 7 1989 to 2007: an estimated fi ve thousand Filipino women every year. Other major destinations for Filipino marriage migrants are Australia, Canada, Ger- many, Japan, Norway, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United King- dom. According to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), the total number of documented Filipinos with foreign partners reached 333,672 in 2007. I suspect this number deals only with

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Frontiers: A Journal of Women StudiesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Feb 4, 2010

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