[QODLink]
Asia-Pacific

Philippine migrant workers pay personal price

Those going abroad for jobs earn more money, but their absence comes at a cost to their families.

Last Modified: 21 May 2013 04:08
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

The Philippine economy is heavily reliant on income from migrant workers.

It's been more than 30 years since the first wave of economic migrants left the Philippines for richer shores.

Today, 10 percent of the country’s 94 million people work abroad, and the money they send back is an important driver of domestic spending - worth about 10 percent of the Philippines' gross domestic product.

And for those billions of dollars are sent home annually, the families left behind pay a high price.

Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports from the city of Batangas.

95

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
Thousands of Houthi supporters have called for the fall of Yemen's government. But what do the Houthis really want?
New ration reductions and movement restrictions have refugees from Myanmar anxious about their future in Thailand.
US lawyers say poor translations of election materials disenfranchise Native voters.
US drones in Pakistan have killed thousands since 2004. How have leaders defended or decried these deadly planes?
Residents count the cost of violence after black American teenager shot dead by white Missouri police officer.
join our mailing list