Flipino migrant’s contributions

Presented by Alexia Kapsampeli, Ariel Ozdemir, Mila Gürün, Olimpia Guidi, Sarah Kuipers

Filipino migrants and their families contribute significantly to socio-cultural interactions through education. For example, in countries like the United States and Canada, Filipino community organisations collaborate with local schools to introduce Filipino culture through language classes, dance workshops, and cultural celebrations.1 In California, the “Filipino Cultural School” offers language courses and cultural immersion programs to both Filipino-American children and other students interested in learning about Filipino heritage.2

Educators also play a crucial role in promoting cultural exchange. In Qatar, Filipino teachers in international schools integrate Filipino literature and history into the curriculum, fostering greater understanding and appreciation among students from diverse backgrounds.3

Civic-Political Engagements:

Filipino migrant families actively engage in civic and political activities to contribute positively to their host societies. For instance, in Italy, Filipino migrant organisations collaborate with local authorities to organise cultural festivals and community events, promoting cross-cultural understanding and integration.4 One such event is the “Barrio Fiesta,” where Filipino migrants showcase their traditions, cuisine, and performing arts to the broader community.5 Moreover, Filipino migrant families participate in grassroots initiatives to address social issues and advocate for their rights.6 In Hong Kong, Filipino domestic workers organise workshops and support groups to raise awareness about labour rights and combat discrimination.7

Economic Contributions:

Filipino migrants make significant contributions to the labour market of their host countries, driving economic growth and innovation. For example, in the healthcare sector of the United Kingdom, Filipino nurses are valued for their professionalism, compassion, and expertise.8 Their dedication and hard work alleviate staffing shortages and enhance the quality of patient care in hospitals and nursing homes.9

Furthermore, Filipino migrant workers in the Middle East, particularly in countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, contribute to various industries such as construction, hospitality, and information technology.10 Their skills and expertise fill critical gaps in the labour market, supporting infrastructure development and economic diversification efforts.11


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1 Blancaflor, S., Escobar, A. (2018). Filipino Cultural Schools Helps Bridge Filipino Americans and their Heritage. Available at: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/filipino-cultural-schools-help-bridge-filipino-americans-their-heritage-n924381

2 Ibid.

3 Del Rosario,K.A., Inero Valbuena, A. (2020). Unfolding of Filipino School Leadership Experiences in Doha, Qatar. Asian Journal of University Education, 16(1), pp.97-108. Available at: https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1252260

4 Magante, M. C. (2020). The determinants of migration: Italian regional factors and the relationship with Filipino migrant labour supply. World Journal of Applied Economics, 6(1), 21-39.

5 Republic of the Philippines. (2017). PHL Embassy Promotes Phl Culture, Tourism in Huge ‘Barrio Fiesta‘ in Rome. Available at:https://dfa.gov.ph/dfa-news/news-from-our-foreign-service-postsupdate/12618-phl-embassy-promotes-phl-culture-tourism-in-huge-barrio-fiesta-in-rome

6 Yonaha, Y. (2024). Negotiating Leisure Constraints in the Pandemic: The Case of Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong. Int J Sociol Leis. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s41978-024-00150-8

7 Ibid.

8 Smith, D. M., & Gillin, N. (2021). Filipino nurse migration to the UK: understanding migration choices from an ontological security-seeking perspective. Social Science & Medicine, 276, 113881. Available at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0277953621002136

9 Ibid.

10 Magliveras, S., & Al Qurtuby, S. (2023). Connecting worlds: Filipino and Indonesian sojourns to Saudi Arabia. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 32(3), 549-571. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/01171968231211075

11 Ibid.

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