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Filipina caregivers and the high price of labor exportation




People walk past a mural honoring overseas Filipino workers in Manila on July 7, 2014. The government estimates there are ten million overseas Filipino workers, or about a 10th of the population, whose dollar remittances account for about 10 percent of gross domestic product.
People walk past a mural honoring overseas Filipino workers in Manila on July 7, 2014. The government estimates there are ten million overseas Filipino workers, or about a 10th of the population, whose dollar remittances account for about 10 percent of gross domestic product.
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The bond between a mother and her child is as close as it gets yet every year thousands of women from the Philippines leave their young ones behind  to play mother to a stranger's child in the United States.

This growing band of what's known as Overseas Filipino Workers or OFW's supports millions of families -- and the national economy --  through the money they send home. 

Today, around nine million Filipino children are growing up without a parent, with many never seeing their mom or dad for years. 

Staff writer Rachel Aviv looked into the emotional cost of Filipina women in New York providing  care in her latest piece for New Yorker magazine.