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Flucht, Migration und Integration Flight, Migration and Integration

Eine Anfrage an die christliche Theologie und Diakonie A Question for Christian Theology and Social Engagement


Edited By Matthias Heesch, Russell Kleckley and Hans Schwarz

Das Buch legt theologische Deutungen der Thematik Flucht, Migration und Integration, ausgehend von verschiedenen kulturellen und sozialen Kontexten, vor. Viele der Beiträgerinnen und Beiträger sind an Orten tätig, in denen dieser Themenkomplex ähnlich bedeutend ist, wie in Westeuropa. Sie besprechen Flucht, Migration und Integration als Fragen an die christliche Theologie und Diakonie. Ihre individuellen Antworten und Sichtweisen bereichern die kritische Debatte über diese aktuellen Herausforderungen.

This book presents theological approaches to the subject flight, migration and integration from various cultural and social contexts. Many of the contributors are active in places where the issue of flight, migration and integration is similarly significant as it is in Western Europe. They discuss flight, migration and integration as questions for Christian theology and diaconia. Their individual responses and views illuminate and inform the critical discussion for the challenges facing today’s world.

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The Crosses that Filipino Women Migrants Carry

The Crosses that Filipino Women Migrants Carry


←170 | 171→Mona Lisa P. Siacor

Abstract: The travails of the working Filipino woman migrant and an analysis of her sad experiences due to having to work abroad are presented. The cultural worldview plays a role in the ability to persevere and that globalization is one of the main causes of her suffering. Her suffering is compared to the Christian understanding of the daily cross-bearing that Jesus expected of his followers.

Let us enter into a brief tunnel of inquiry where the concern is the Filipina migrant and her so-called „sufferings.“1 We will look at factors that touch on this and see what light we can discern at the end of our inquiry. The case of the Filipino woman2 migrant is multi-faceted and complex. In the first place, the Philippine population prior to the advent of Western colonizers in the 1500s was already the result of migrations from continental Asia and Africa. The Filipina has as much propensity as her male counterpart to migrate from her home-base to anywhere within and outside the country.3 The major reason even behind this internal migration – economic4 – is similar to why Filipinos leave the country and take up residence, temporarily or permanently, on foreign soil. Migration for the Filipina, therefore, is not a novelty. Globally, however, Filipinos had been substantially migrating to other parts of the world, specifically Mexico, since the galleon trade of colonial Spain. However, it was the result of the Philippine-American war at the turn of...

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