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Abstract Details

 
AUTHOR NAME
 
Family Name:
Naufal
 
First Name:
Georges
 
ABSTRACT OF PAPER
 
Title of Paper:
Does Abuse Deter Migration Flows? The Case of Runaway Filipina Domestic Workers in Qatar
 
Paper Proposal Text :
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries constitute the largest non-Western labor migrant destination after North America and Europe. Diverse type of migrants ranges from construction and domestic workers to highly skilled managers and financial managers have become attracted to the GCC region. This paper examines the likelihood of domestic workers to return abroad for work after reporting labor abuse from previous employment. Using a unique dataset on runaway Filipina domestic workers collected at the Philippine Labor Office (POLO) in Doha, Qatar, we study the likelihood of returning to the GCC (and other employment destinations) conditional on the reasons behind absconding. The results suggest that abuse (financial and physical) does not act as a deterrent of future migration relative to other reasons of running away (transfer of employer or personal reasons such as pregnancy). Domestic workers who have been financially abused are more likely to return and seek employment abroad. This paper contributes to the literature on the determinants of migration by introducing empirical evidence on runaway domestic workers, a vulnerable labor group that has received little attention by the academic and policy circles.
 
 
 

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