"Diaspora |dīˈaspərə| (from Greek διασπορά, "scattering, dispersion")
the movement or migration of a group of people, such as those sharing a national and/or ethnic identity, away from an established or ancestral homeland.”
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"International migration of skilled persons has assumed increased importance in recent years reflecting the impact of globalization and revival of growth in the world economy.”
The Philippines is estimated to have a population of 94 million. A surprising phenomenon, called the Philippine Diaspora, shows that the population is declining significantly with each year of growth. The major concern, however, is that the increasing trend of migrant workers signifies a large-scale human capital flight, also known as a Brain Drain, which would greatly affect the progress and development of the Philippines. What is to become of the country when all the brightest individuals leave?
Approximately twelve percent of the total population of the Philippines live overseas. Over the past years, the figures have been rising. Every hour, around 950 migrant workers leave the Philippines according to a statistic by the Philippine Commission on Population. They primarily migrate in search of better job opportunities and better life conditions. Often leaving behind their families and relatives in the Philippines, in the hopes of sending back remittances to better their economic and social status and one day finding a way to help them migrate abroad too.
Many overseas Filipino workers, commonly denoted as OFWs, have assimilated into their respective countries. They’ve successfully improved not only their quality of life but also that of their family back home. However, not all are so lucky. Some overseas Filipino workers, especially women, are underemployed, mistreated and exploited by their foreign employers.
The diaspora, particularly the migration of workers and labor, is not unique to the Philippines. It is a trend among residents of a developing country to leave for better prospects in a more developed country. It is a result of modern globalization. My aim for this website is it to share insight on the history of migration in the Philippines, the ongoing diaspora and the human capital flight of the Philippines.