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HONG KONG — President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Monday stressed that Filipinos working abroad is not a sign of a weak economy. Speaking before the 11th Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference (AIC) at the Conrad International Hotel here, Arroyo explained that her administration’s human and infrastructure investments are all meant to “increasingly keep the best and brightest at home.”

“Going abroad is not necessarily a sign of a weak economy,” Arroyo said as she expressed her confidence that Filipinos’ working abroad is a sign instead that Filipinos work abroad because of more career opportunities for Filipinos in this global economy, “rather than out of necessity.”The President pointed to New Zealand whose 25 percent of the populace work abroad, and also Portugal where 10 percent are overseas contract workers.

Earlier, at the reception Arroyo tendered for the Filipino community at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Consul-General Alejandrino Vicente lauded the President’s vision to improve the country’s economy to prepare it for the eventual homecoming of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).Vicente had pointed out that the out-migration phenomenon had actually started in Southern Europe -- particularly in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece – in the early 50s to the 70s.

“Many an Italian, Spaniard, Portuguese and Greek went to Northern Europe to find jobs to be able to feed their families back home.
“In the 1980s, this out-migration trend began to level off as Southern Europe marched towards economic progress brought about in part by the savings and remittances and investments of these countries’ overseas workers. “Economists have noted that migration from Southern Europe declined as the average per capita income began to improve,” added Vicente as he pointed out that this European out-migration experience “should resonate well with us.”

So for us who work in abroad, is this statement from our President true that   working abroad is not a sign of a weak economy?

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