|Population, Space and Place. 2023, .
|Focusing on Filipino nurses, who are situated in a culture of migration where nursing
is seen to pave way for overseas migration, this article explores the (non)migration
decision‐making process and the temporal and agentic dimensions of the decision to
stay. While regimes of mobility may restrict or enable cross‐border movements
through immigration regulations, this article focuses on ongoing processes within the
Philippines such as labour market development, family relations and individual
considerations. The analysis shows how important events, as well as anticipated
events, in aspiring migrants' life cycles impact on their decisions and aspirations.
Changes in the local labour market, such as the proliferation of call centres, have
provided new opportunities for socioeconomic mobility within the Philippines. This
article demonstrates how nonmigration of skilled workers is a complex and
multilayered phenomenon. While staying has long been seen as a passive and
natural situation, this article, in line with an emerging literature, acknowledges that
staying requires agency. Further, nonmigration has an inherent temporal dimension
as migration aspirations may change over time.
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|‘I chose to stay for a while’: Aspirations and capabilities in the nonmigration decision making of nurses in the Philippines
|Population, Space and Place