chapter  3
30 Pages

The making of migrants

In 1969 only 3,694 contract workers left the Philippines to work in foreign countries. Now, approximately 4,000 workers leave the Philippines each day on a contractual basis. Between January and August 2002, for example, over 636,000 Filipino contract workers departed the country to work in 166 countries and territories. This constitutes a 4 percent increase over the same eight-month period for 2001.