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Filipino immigrants work long hours to send money home

Filipino immigrants who have moved to another country to find work are often willing to accept positions that have long hours. According to the Bermuda Sun, many workers may take jobs that seem less than desirable in order to send money home to family members who are struggling to make ends meet in the Philippines.

Currently, the unemployment rate in the Philippines is skyrocketing, and the average annual earnings among workers in the nation is under $3,000. One woman told the source that she was able to save enough money from a position as a bartender to send money home to help her brother and sister pay for college.

According to GulfNews.com, Filipinos who work regular jobs in some countries may be able to use their earnings to eventually start their own businesses.

“More and more Filipinos are becoming more interested in entrepreneurship in the UAE,” Jojie Dinsay, an official with the Philippine Embassy in the United Arab Emirates, told the news source.

According to Migration Information Source, the number of Filipino immigrants in the U.S. tripled between 1980 and 2006. According to the World Bank, private consumption in the Philippines grew by 5 percent in 2005, in part because of remittances.

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