New Article: Lim, Transnational Migration of Filipino Caregivers to Israel

Lim, Anna. “Networked Mobility in the ‘Migration Industry’: Transnational Migration of Filipino Caregivers to Israel.” Asian Women 31.2 (2015): 85-118.

 

URL: http://www.dbpia.co.kr/Journal/ArticleDetail/NODE06362705

 

Abstract

This article examines how labor migration is facilitated and shaped within the neoliberal economy system, focusing on the case of Filipino migration to Israel. For Filipino women who seek to find economic opportunities abroad but lack skills, Israel has emerged as one of the most popular destinations since the mid-1990s, since it is a destination in which they are allowed to work as paid caregivers. In Israel, the caregiver sector occupies the greatest part of the overseas labor market, while providing local senior citizens with live-in caregivers at a cheap cost. In investigating the migration flow of Filipino caregivers to Israel, I draw a special attention to the informal operations of intermediary networks and their roles in initiating and sustaining Filipino migrant flow to Israel. In this article, the intermediary networks involve all those who engage in the migration process such as agents/sub-agents, family, friends, and the friends of their friends. In the context of Israel, where a relatively higher wage is assured for foreign caregivers yet where entry conditions require an exorbitant placement fee, the migration is operated through the complementary roles of a wide range of formal and informal intermediaries. Significantly, such privatization of overseas labor recruitment, characterized by a binding system and an overseas recruitment scheme, contributes to producing power to private agencies, enabling them to impose excessive placement fees on the migrants and control the employment. It is within this context that Filipino women are channeled into the Israel labor market, shaping the current migration flow.

Conference: Israel and the Foreign Forces? (Tel Aviv, June 20, 2013)

 

 

 

The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in collaboration with The Israeli Model UN Association (IMUNA)

Israel and the Foreign Forces?

Thursday, 20 June 2013 at INSS, Tel Aviv 15:00-18:00

 

 

A Middle East in flux induces taking in hand Israel’s national security and the United Nation’s Peace Keeping Operations that have been stationed in and around Israel for some time. Each session spotlights a different aspect to stimulate a holistic scrutiny.

Opening remarks:

Dr Glen Segell, Institute for National Security Studies.

Session 1: Stock Taking UN Peace Keeping Operations

Chair: Ms Chaya Esther Pomeranz, President, The Israeli Model UN Association, IMUNA.

Dr Avi Beker, The Diplomacy of UN Forces, Tel Aviv University.

Dr Chen Kertcher, From Ploughshares to Swords, Tami Steinmetz Center of Peace Research, and IDC.

Session 2: A Political-Military Perspective of UN Peace Keeping Operations

Chair: Brigadier General (Res.) Udi Dekel, Deputy Director, Institute for National Security Studies.

Ms Idit Rosenzweig-Abu, Deputy-Director UN Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel.

Brigadier General Asaf Urion, (Head of IDF Strategic Planning Division.

Major General Paolo Serra, Italy, UNIFIL, Head of Mission and Force Commander.

Colonel Patrick Gauchat, Switzerland, UNTSO Deputy Chief of Staff.

Session 3: A View from Contributing Countries to UN Peace Keeping Operations

Chair: Ambassador Oded Eran, Former Director, Institute for National Security Studies.

H.E. Pjer Simunovic, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia.

H.E. Breifne O’Reilly, Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland.

H.E. Generoso D.G. Calonge, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines.

H.E. Vebjørn Dysvik, Chargé d’affaires / Minister Counselor, Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway.

Address:

Brigadier General Shlomo Brom (Ret.), Institute for National Security Studies, Potential International Involvement in Arrangements with the Palestinians.

Closing Remarks:

Major General (Res.) Amos Yadlin, Director, Institute for National Security Studies.

 

Conference Location: The Institute for National Security Studies, 40 Haim Levanon Street, Tel Aviv, This Conference will be held in English and is open to the public. The number of seats is limited. The program is subject to change. Attendance to the conference is free of charge. Parking is available at the Tel Aviv University public parking lots.

 

 

 

Submitted by Glen Segell.