For a good number of days now, I have been receiving queries from my compatriots back in the Philippines, about the possibility of coming to Spain to work. My other visitors browse on the list of Filipino associations spread around the globe, especially those located here in Spain. What is interesting though is the query about coming to Spain to work. So I thought, it is high time for me to respond this question with a more general information so that everybody could have an idea on what is going on in this country.
At this present stage of the Spanish economy a lot of people are rather facing a difficult situation. Unemployment is high at 21% of the active population, although Spain is the 13th largest economy by nominal GDP in the world and the 5th in the European Union, yet it is still mired by recession during the 2nd quarter of 2013. These figures appear to be good in a sense, but unemployment remains to be the biggest headache of the political leaders. A lot of Spanish people remain to be rich despite the turbulent economy, but there are those who can no longer withstand the pressure of having lesser money so they head outside the country to go to England, Germany, the USA, Qatar and anywhere else as long as their educational qualifications could be used. Professionals here, whether IT or industrial pros, are finding great difficulty in landing on a good paying job. New university graduates have in fact already conditioned their minds into going somewhere as long as it is outside of the country because the assurance of finding a job is much fructiferous. Comparatively speaking, the Philippine economy is in much better condition than Spain for some good reason.
Philippine unemployment is lesser at 17.4%, economic growth is placed at 7.6% in 2010, but, there is a huge import-export deficit of at least 11billion USD. These figures are not alarming though and in fact, they are even very encouraging. I would not go to the other economic details but just proceed to the sociological side of how the Filipinos are fairing despite a bulkier economy as what the Philippine authorities boost. So now the question comes: – why there remains a large number of Filipinos wanting to march out of the country? Is the economic strength not sufficient enough to be shared to everyone? Or they remain at the back-end of the table so that when the “plate of prosperity is passed on” there is nothing left for them to take.
I think it is more on that. No equal distribution of wealth. It has been the same ever since. And I know for a fact that a lot in the Philippines are almost permanently suffering and remain to be poor. I would like to write more about it, the Filipino poor but, I would like to reserve it for my next issue. The page is not that long enough to contain everything I want to say, I suppose. I will leave it in the meantime and take it from where I stop now. And definitely, I will write more about the Filipinos here in Spain as the title shows. See you next time.
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