When migrant labour hurts families

Posted on February 8, 2010.

Tess Bacalla

How does one tell a child that it is for his own future that his mother has to go offshore in search of the proverbial ‘greener pastures’, leaving behind a family that has never known the meaning of separation?

Just what does that assurance mean to a child anyway whose notion of a secure tomorrow could simply be waking up each morning with his mother by his side.

A couple of days ago, I heard about Mikey (not his real name), an extremely smart 13-year-old boy, who was found crying by his teacher during a class break. Mikey was confiding to his friend that his mother, a nurse, would soon be leaving the country to work in some hospital thousands of miles away from home. The thought that he was not going to see his mother over the next 12 months that she would be contracted with her foreign employer was simply unbearable to him.

Hearing about Mikey’s ordeal tugged at my heart and mind. Something is awfully wrong when either or both parents – especially mothers – must leave their children behind in hopes of giving them a better future, I thought to myself.

Every day thousands of Filipinos – driven by poverty of varying degrees – leave the country to work abroad. A significant number are females. Of the 2 million Filipino contract workers who left the country between April and September 2008, 48.3 percent were women.

“Since the early 1980s, there has been a marked increase in the number of women working outside the country,” said Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative, a non-governmental organisation in the Philippines trying to raise awareness of the social costs of migration as part of its overall advocacy of addressing the plight of migrant workers.

“Nurses and midwives headed for Europe. Domestic helpers went to Hong Kong, Italy, UK, Spain and other countries in Asia and Europe. Entertainers flew to Japan and European countries,” said the NGO in its report, ‘Children’s Response to the Challenge of Migration’.

With more Filipino women jumping on the migration bandwagon, it’s hard to imagine what its social cost is to the family, to children like Mikey, in particular? From what I’ve seen and heard, I’d say the cost is enormous and sometimes irreversible. Studies have shown that when mothers turn migrant workers, the family goes awry – and so do the children.

Hilda Simbulan (not her real name) got the shock of her life when news reached her in Singapore, where she was working as a domestic helper, that her daughter whom she thought all along was pursuing her college studies had quit school since she got pregnant out of wedlock. The distraught mother soon packed her bags and flew home to salvage what remained of her shattered family.

As Mickey’s mother tearfully bids farewell to him, her two younger children and spouse, her suitcase filled with dreams of a bright future for her family and her heart full of sadness, for her 13-year-old, the future has never looked so dim without his mother by his side.

33 Replies to "When migrant labour hurts families"

gravatar

Vanetta Howles  on May 12, 2016

After all, what a great site and informative posts, I will upload inbound link – bookmark this web site? Regards, Reader.

gravatar

chicken coop plans  on May 13, 2016

Hey very cool blog!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds also…I am happy to find a lot of useful information here in the post, we need work out more strategies in this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

gravatar

cheap club flyer printing  on May 14, 2016

I truly enjoy looking at on this web site, it has wonderful posts.

gravatar

Beauty bloggers  on May 15, 2016

It is really a nice and helpful piece of information. I’m glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

gravatar

Beauty bloggers  on May 15, 2016

Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do some research on this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I’m very glad to see such magnificent information being shared freely out there.

gravatar

Rickey Lownsbery  on May 15, 2016

It’s actually a great and helpful piece of info. I’m glad that you shared this useful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

gravatar

Lynwood Stadtmiller  on May 15, 2016

I have been reading out some of your stories and i can claim pretty nice stuff. I will surely bookmark your website.

gravatar

University of Petra  on May 15, 2016

you’re really a good webmaster. The website loading speed is amazing. It seems that you’re doing any unique trick. Furthermore, The contents are masterpiece. you have done a excellent job on this topic!

gravatar

cure for hepatitis  on May 16, 2016

Really informative and fantastic bodily structure of articles, now that’s user pleasant (:.

gravatar

binary options trading signals  on May 18, 2016

Usually I do not read post on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do so! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thanks, quite nice post.

gravatar

subway surfers game  on May 20, 2016

Your style is so unique compared to many other people. Thank you for publishing when you have the opportunity,Guess I will just make this bookmarked.2

gravatar

cheap boots  on May 20, 2016

Im now not certain the place you are getting your info, but good topic. I needs to spend a while studying much more or working out more. Thank you for great info I used to be looking for this information for my mission.

gravatar

xem bong da online  on May 20, 2016

Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will be back later to read some more. I am bookmarking your feeds also

gravatar

jobs to do from home  on May 21, 2016

You are my aspiration, I have few web logs and infrequently run out from to brand.

gravatar

hampton bay lighting  on May 23, 2016

Thanks for this post, I am a big big fan of this website would like to proceed updated.

gravatar

Club Flyer Deals 4x6  on May 25, 2016

hello!,I really like your writing very so much! percentage we be in contact more approximately your post on AOL? I require a specialist in this house to resolve my problem. May be that is you! Having a look forward to peer you.

gravatar

Club Flyers Deals 4x6  on May 25, 2016

There are some fascinating points in time in this article but I don’t know if I see all of them middle to heart. There is some validity however I will take maintain opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we wish more! Added to FeedBurner as properly

gravatar

Club Flyers Deals 4x6  on May 25, 2016

Good – I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your web site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs and related info ended up being truly simple to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it at all. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, site theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Excellent task.

gravatar

Print EDDM  on May 25, 2016

you’re truly a good webmaster. The website loading speed is incredible. It sort of feels that you are doing any unique trick. Moreover, The contents are masterwork. you have performed a magnificent job in this topic!

gravatar

Print EDDM  on May 25, 2016

I really like your writing style, good information, appreciate it for putting up : D.

gravatar

EDDM Postcard Prints  on May 25, 2016

I really like your writing style, superb info , appreciate it for posting : D.

gravatar

key west trolley tours  on May 25, 2016

I got what you intend, thanks for posting.Woh I am happy to find this website through google. “I was walking down the street wearing glasses when the prescription ran out.” by Steven Wright.

gravatar

key west trolley tours  on May 26, 2016

I think other website proprietors should take this site as an model, very clean and excellent user friendly style.

gravatar

trolley tours  on May 26, 2016

An interesting dialogue is price comment. I think that you need to write more on this matter, it won’t be a taboo subject but usually people are not enough to talk on such topics. To the next. Cheers

gravatar

55printing club flyer  on May 26, 2016

It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this superb blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will talk about this website with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

gravatar

club flyers  on May 26, 2016

I like this weblog very much, Its a very nice post to read and receive information.

gravatar

average home insurance cost zip code  on May 26, 2016

Keep working ,splendid job!

gravatar

picture book plots  on May 26, 2016

Good website! I really love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I am wondering how I could be notified when a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your RSS which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

gravatar

discount shoes  on May 27, 2016

Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this information. Nowadays bloggers publish only about gossips and web and this is really frustrating. A good blog with exciting content, that is what I need. Thanks for keeping this site, I will be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Cant find it.

gravatar

ageless male  on May 27, 2016

I truly appreciate this post. I have been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thanks again

gravatar

muscle rev xtreme  on May 27, 2016

Merely wanna input on few general things, The website design is perfect, the content is rattling excellent. “The enemy is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he’s on.” by Joseph Heller.

gravatar

M88.com  on May 31, 2016

I precisely had to appreciate you all over again. I am not sure the things I would’ve handled in the absence of the actual solutions discussed by you directly on such topic. It was a very daunting dilemma in my circumstances, however , taking a look at your expert strategy you managed it made me to cry for joy. I am just grateful for the guidance and then wish you recognize what a great job you were providing training people today through the use of your web blog. I know that you have never got to know any of us.

gravatar

fur boots  on May 31, 2016

That is really interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to in search of extra of your great post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

Leave a Comment