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Landscapes of dislocation

Home is a conceptual and lived space stretching over physical and constructed borders. Feeling at home is shaped by dislocation, a state of feeling out of place due to multiple layers of migration and diasporic processes. In this chapter, I discuss the three main sources of dislocation that emerged from participants’ stories: circumstances of migration, family separation and vulnerability. In response to these dislocations, Filipinas orient themselves, make meaning and identify themselves within their environments. In discussing such migration circumstances, I examine how relevant laws and regulations consign people to different social locations, and in some cases, determine life trajectories. This chapter examines migration as a form of cultural capital underpinning the narrative of migration, as well as the implications of the needs for Filipinas to constantly adapt to the fragility of their migration and settlement status.