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Migrant workers supporting their families

Migrant workers supporting their families - Migrant workers...

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Migrant workers working to support their families Globally we see a great number of migrant workers who strive and fight to make ends meet. Yet most of the times many people cease to see how the children of these migrant workers are left behind is the greater affect to this issue. As globalization occurs and we see more and more migrant workers, mainly women who leave their homes to find jobs in other countries, the children of these migrant women go through a great ordeal of physical and mental distress. As migrant women work to support their families their children are forced to take on the roles as parents or to take on full responsibility of an adult at a young age. In Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Hochschild’s article (2004) “Global Women: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy” she speaks about how migrant women from Sri Lanka are leaving to work in order to support their families but yet their children are still being left alone back home. Many women in the 3 rd world countries cannot afford to live with their families and support them, in turn, their children are either left with family members or the children must care for each other. More women from third world countries are beginning to migrate leaving their children behind because they must earn enough so that they can have good living conditions back at home. We must come to understand the reasons to why these migrant women are leaving their children before we can label them as bad parents. Most of the women that migrate do it because they want a better life for their family back home. Hoping that they can earn enough to improve their living conditions for their children and that they can just make enough to feed them they have no choice but to leave. According to Ehrenreich and Hochschild (2004) “some female migrants from the Third World do find something like ‘liberation,’ or at least the chance to become independent 1
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breadwinners and to improve the children’s material lives.”(p. 153) Usually the migrant
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