The Motherless Generation

Lisa Wiltse for TIME

Separation anxiety: For Shyrelyn Diaz, going abroad would mean leaving her son

It's almost time for dinner in little Italy. A man walks along the street in shorts, dangling a cigarette from one hand, pushing a stroller with the other. Kids mill around a basketball hoop missing its net. Men chat on a porch nearby. Twenty years ago, people from Mabini, a small city in the central Philippines, started to leave for Italy to find better-paying jobs. Today, some 70% of the neighborhood is supported by monthly checks from Rome or Milan. Now, Italian-inspired villas crowd the town's hilly streets. There are flat-screen TVs, luxury cars and pricey Toblerone chocolates. But,...

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