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In short, there has been a wide variety of reasons motivating women to immigrate. The multiplicity of reasons and the extent to which they are intertwined is vividly illustrated in a study of Moroccan women and their decision to come to Italy to work. In the first place there was the practical reason: a demand for their labor. An aging Italian population created the need for young healthy women to work as caregivers. Moroccan women provided an ideal resource. However, the need for their labor or the money they could earn was not the sole motivation.
As a result, in 1875 Congress passed the Page Act barring criminals and prostitutes from entering the country. Despite the passage of this law, young, unmarried European women encountered few obstacles to being admitted and continued to do so in significant numbers. They were certainly not required to enter as dependent family members. The same was not the case for Chinese women, however. Asian exclusion in general became an exception to previous laissez-faire policies in North America and European colonies.
Churches contributed, acting as a labor exchange by publicizing employment opportunities overseas and promising women who accepted these jobs a safe, protected environment. Last, but certainly not least, home governments promoted women’s immigration. Remittances have constituted a considerable portion of the GDP of a number of countries, such as the Philippines and Mexico. Since money sent home would help the national economy, governments took an active role in supporting foreign employers to come and recruit workers, particularly in the areas of child and home care and nursing.