Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World

March 26, 1:00-3:00pm, in room SBE 1230, Wilfrid Laurier University migrants for export event

Please join the Women and Gender Studies Program and the International Migration Research Centre as we host a public lecture by

Dr. Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California (Davis)

In this talk, Dr. Rodriguez investigates how and why the Philippine government transformed itself into what she calls a “labor brokerage state”, which actively prepares, mobilizes, and regulates its citizens for migrant work abroad. Drawing on ethnographic research of the Philippine government’s migration bureaucracy, interviews, and archival work, Dr. Rodriguez presents a new analysis of neoliberal globalization and its consequences for nation-state formation.