Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Geography

Title

The sociocultural effects of returnee overseas Filipino workers in the Philippines

Language

English

Abstract

© 2015 Norwegian Geographical Society. The article aims to determine the degree of sociocultural change resulting from the return of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), how the changes have impacted on the workers' original communities, and the various reintegration challenges posed by those communities. The theoretical framework of the article is built upon concepts of transnationalism and habitus. The methodology employed included field research conducted in 2010 and a village community approach. The study revealed that changes in the personal identities and social behaviour of the returnees are significant. However, the returnees' family ties and attitudes towards religion were largely the same as before they went overseas, and some had grown even closer to their families and become more religious. Further, the changes in their local community that occurred subsequent to their return revealed both positive and negative influences. Several sociocultural factors impeded the reintegration of returnee OFWs, and this called for action at all levels of government in the Philippines as well as from local communities and the returnees themselves.

Keywords

local communities, Philippines, reintegration, returnee labour migrants, sociocultural changes

Publication Date

2015

Source Publication Title

Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift - Norwegian Journal of Geography

Volume

69

Issue

1

Start Page

47

End Page

58

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

DOI

10.1080/00291951.2014.995216

ISSN (print)

00291951

ISSN (electronic)

15025292

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