Friday, January 1, 2010

Notes on "Bilog Reality: Migrant Agency And/Or Regime Complicity?"

Below are notes for the blog post entitled "Bilog Reality: Migrant Agency And/Or Regime Complicity?"

1. Filipinos who remain in Japan beyond the period specified in their visas become “overstayers” or, as local compatriots call them, “Bilog.”  Literally meaning “round” in the Filipino vernacular, the term Bilog also equates with the image of a zero, or nothingness, signifying overstayers’ invisibility, their exclusion from the mainstream. The term irregular migrant is used here to refer to irregular economic migrants or those who enter irregularly or stay irregularly, or do both, in a host country in order to work and send money to their dependents.

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