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Migration, Labor, and the Philippines: Background information when reading A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves

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A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves

One Family and Migration in the 21st Century

by Jason DeParle

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A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves by Jason DeParle
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    Aug 2019, 400 pages
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    Aug 18, 2020, 400 pages

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Migration, Labor, and the Philippines

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As a young teen in the Manila slums, Rosalie, the central figure in Jason DeParle's A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves, dreamed of a path out of poverty. "Nursing, that's my choice to help and curing sickness," she wrote to DeParle. "And to earn money and go abroad."

When Rosalie scored her first overseas job almost a decade later—at a hospital in Saudi Arabia—she became just one of an estimated 10 million Filipinos who work abroad. As DeParle explains, no country promotes overseas work as heavily as the Philippines. The government facilitates oversea placements, marketing its workers to other nations. And a vast industry of vocational schools and training institutes has sprung up to channel thousands of hopeful graduates every year into fields with high demand.

Every year, more than 2 million Filipinos flow out of the country, taking jobs overseas to escape poverty and lack of opportunity back home. Roughly one out of every seven Filipino workers is employed abroad, ...

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