Migrating to other countries has been one of the most sought-after options among Filipino families in search of what is referred to as the “greener pasture.” Many Filipinos are understandably lured to the idea because of the fact that life has become more difficult these days in the Philippines, while countries like Canada, New Zealand, and Australia offer promising opportunities.
According to a news release from the United Nations, migration could be beneficial both to the country of origin and the country of destination if it will be “supported by the right policies.” Take, for example, the Australian society and economy. In a research report by the Productivity Commission found in the Australian immigration’s website, it has been discovered that migration has influenced significantly the society and economy of Australia. The report says the monetary benefit of migration comes from the tax revenues they produce. Migration has also brought about a “brain gain” in Australia.
If both countries benefit from the phenomenon of international migration, most immigrants have reaped the rewards of the move. Such is Don Espiritu’s experience as an immigrant in Australia. Espiritu used to live in Valenzuela and Marikina and worked as a video, graphics and sound editor in GMA7 before his successful move to Australia with his family. “We migrated here in Melbourne, Australia in 2006 after four years of being married. We initially applied for immigration in Canada because we have a close aunt there but Australia offered a much better and quicker visa option, aside from the fact that we have relatives who strongly encouraged us to move to Australia. The first choice would be to live permanently in California because my wife's family is in the US but the two-decade waiting period was unimaginable, plus there were limited visa options available.”
Espiritu explains how they started their immigration application, and the challenges that went along with the process: “We applied for an immigration visa in Canada but it took six years for them to give their initial response, so while our application was pending at the Canadian Embassy, we applied for an immigration visa in Australia as skilled workers.” He shares that, while the Canadian embassy took long, Australia had already granted them the visas in less than nine months. “When the Canadian embassy sent a response, we were already in Melbourne with our five-month old baby.”
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