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Philippine International Labor Migration in the Past 30 Years: Trends and Prospects

  • Orbeta, Aniceto Jr. C.
  • Abrigo, Michael Ralph M.

The paper characterizes how international labor migration became an enduring feature in the country’s development. It presents data on the flow of temporary and permanent international migrant workers in the last thirty years. Characteristics such as destination, occupation, education, sex, and age are presented. Using historical movements and motivations, the study then presented the likely prospects of the Philippine international labor migration market considering domestic and the global labor market developments. Long-term and short-term prospects were discussed and economic, demographic, political, and environmental factors were considered as factors affecting the future flow of international migrant workers.

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Paper provided by Philippine Institute for Development Studies in its series Discussion Papers with number DP 2009-33.

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Length: 27
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:phd:dpaper:dp_2009-33
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  1. Orbeta, Aniceto Jr. C. & Pernia, Ernesto M., 1999. "Population Growth and Economic Development in the Philippines: What Has Been the Experience and What Must Be Done?," Discussion Papers DP 1999-22, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  2. Tamunopriye J. Agiobenebo, 2004. "Market Structure, Concentration Indices and Welfare Cost," Industrial Organization 0406011, EconWPA.
  3. Ducanes, Geoffrey & Abella, Manolo I, 2008. "Labour shortage responses in Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia : a review and evaluation," ILO Working Papers 411228, International Labour Organization.
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