I guess for most, the reason is to find a greener pasture. They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. So may Filipinos try their luck and board that plane to the US, Europe or some start first in the neighboring countries like Hong Kong, Thailand and Japan.
It is a fact that good paying job is very limited here in the Philippines, that even professionals like teacher, engineers, nurses and other skilled workers leave the country to look for better opportunities elsewhere. A teacher who earns only about ten thousand pesos (approximately $230) a month will sacrifice to work in other country as domestic helper or caregiver for a monthly salary of 1000 dollars to give her family a better life and good education that she feels they will not get if she stays and work here.
The nurses who paid for a very expensive tuition fee for their college education were given below minimum wages, despite the risks they get from their job. Skilled workers feel that they were not compensated enough compared with the skills they have, that they grab every opportunity to work abroad as long as the pay is good.
Others who have been working in other countries for a long time chose to stay there permanently, they petition their families and blend in to that community. Most of the time they see to it that they don’t do anything wrong to prevent form getting criminal records as they don’t want to go back to the Philippines and live by the day again.
It is so sad that Filipinos choose to live elsewhere and become immigrants to that chosen country but I cannot blame them either for wanting a better life. I just hope that once they have a good life is that they come back to the Philippines and help the country grow.