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Unformatted text preview: Jessie Chen May 16, 2009 Sociology 1 Section 115 Final Exam Spring 2009 Final Exam 1) When migrants move from one country to another, it is not by random chance, nor do they migrate to a country that’s the closest in distance or richest in wealth. Sending and receiving countries have pre-established historical relations that draw migrants from one country to another. Migration occurs because there are military, economic, and colonial relations between the sending and receiving countries (Soc 1, 4/27/09). The Philippines and U.S. have historic military relations; therefore the destination of Vicky Diaz’s move from the Philippines to the U.S. is by the ways that immigration functions. The Philippines, as a third world country, is so heavily in debt due to various reasons that they encourage immigration as an economic gain. They depend on the monetary remittances from their citizens living and working in the first world countries. Vicky’s migration is apart of a global phenomenon that is happening in today’s economy. As C. Wright Mills theorized, we locate our individual lives into the world around us by using the sociological imagination, in which we have to acknowledge that this phenomenon is a global issue that’s driven by various factors such as the economy and outsourcing of jobs, and this issue is not specific to Vicky as an individual, but to those who are in the similar social spheres as well. In this global economy, capitalism transcends borders in which it positions nations into unequal economical relations. (Soc 1, 5/04/09). Therefore, first world countries have a greater demand for cheap goods and labor from the third world countries. U.S. residents outsources the low-skilled production and service jobs to immigrants for economical reasons, yet the migrants are eager to work these jobs because they come from poorer conditions in their sending countries, and their families back at home are dependent on the money they make abroad. Vicky is an immigrant who moved to the United States to work for economical reasons so that she can send her children to school back in the Philippines. Vicky serves as the “final link” in the global chain of cheap labor that drives the economy in the third world country. Vicky migrated not because of her personal situation, but rather the situation at large in the society as a whole in which migration is a common matter nowadays. Because there is a demand for cheap unskilled workers, there will always be a supply of unskilled workers coming from abroad, in which they need the low-wage job in order to support their families back in their sending countries. All of us play a part in the global economy as we prefer the cheap goods and labor, therefore we prop up the global inequality that drives migration for people such as Vicky Diaz from a third world country to a first world country in order to support her family and send her children to school....
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