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A global labor market in motion

WORK: Half a century ago, the first Filipino workers traveled across the globe to work in factories and hotels in Denmark and Norway, among other places. Their journey provides insight into a global labor market in motion.

"We were the proudest of the proud," Teresa Diaz says of the time she – who came to Denmark in 1967 to work – was instrumental in establishing the Filipino Association of Denmark (FAD, 1970). At the time, decades before the au pair issue brought the Philippines to the public agenda in the Nordic countries, there were only a few hundred Filipinos in Denmark. Many were trained teachers, bookkeepers, craftsmen and nurses, but they were recruited primarily for unskilled work. Like most other "guest workers".

Filipino workers, however, stood out from the typical picture. . .

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Nina Trige Andersen
Trige Andersen is a freelance journalist and historian.

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