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Ana P. Santos Talks about Filipino Overseas Workers on 'World Have Your Say'

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When a Filipino woman leaves her home to work overseas as a nanny, she knows that it will be years...

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Sometimes Loraine feels like her daughter only sees her as someone who can send her money and buy her things. 'But that’s my fault isn’t it? That’s the price I have to pay for leaving hers,' says Loraine. Image by Jo Kearney. U.A.E., 2014.

Grantee Ana P. Santos was interviewed as part of a BBC World Have Your Say segment on mothers' separation from their children.

When Filipino women leave their families to find work abroad, they view migration as a necessary sacrifice to obtain the two things that will secure a future for their children: a home and an education.

Santos tells BBC's Ben James about the popularity of Filipino overseas workers and the country's perception of normality associated with the concept. The segment with Ana begins at 36:27.

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