The Decision-Making and Gender Role of Cambodian Female Migrant Workers to Malaysia

Authors: Chhunly Chhay*, Kent State University
Topics: Immigration/Transnationalism, Gender, Asia
Keywords: decision-making, gender, female migrant worker, Cambodia
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Galerie 2, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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This research study examines migration decision-making at the household level of Cambodian female migrant workers. It seeks to provide insights into how people perceive decision-making processes in familial and social contexts of migrant workers before travelling to work abroad. Numerous studies have addressed gender and migration, however, few have explicitly focused on Cambodian female migrants. In addition, studies have lacked discussion on the coupling of gender and migration, especially the household-decision processes of women. In the context of Cambodian migration, a huge gap of literature remains, specifically on independent movement of migrant workers. Through archival work, site observation, and in-depth interviews with NGO representatives, recruitment agencies, government officials, and female migrant workers, this study provides an opportunity to understand not only the specific problems women are encountering but also opportunities to recommend programs to rectify potential problems as well as to address and document potential transformations of gender relations in Cambodia.

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