The plight of the Filipinos…in Spain

philippines_people_icon_2561.gifFor  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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3 thoughts on “The plight of the Filipinos…in Spain

  1. Very interesting and well presented analogy. Will definitely watch out for the continuation of this issue.


    1. Thanks sis. Yah, my sister is an avid fan of mine and I am proud of it! Hey watch out for the publication of my book. It will come out in amazon and kindle. Cheers!..Luv yah…


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