The prolonged COVID-19 pandemic closed international borders and slowed migration, but highly skilled overseas Filipino workers, especially nurses, managed to continue sending money home to support their families, the Asian Development Bank said.
In its Asian Economic Integration Report 2021: Making Digital Platforms Work for Asia and the Pacific, the Manila-based ADB said that in 2019, there were 272 million international migrants, including about 5.4 million Filipinos who sought greener pastures abroad.
The bank added, “The pandemic and ensuing lockdowns put many migrant jobs in jeopardy. The International Labor Organization reported that low-skilled migrants and seasonal workers were likely to be laid off first, but last to get tested or treated. They are often excluded from government policy responses such as wage subsidies, unemployment benefits or social security, and social protection measures.”