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OFWs shine in Australia

Tacloban City (September 8) -- Aubrey went to New South Wales in Australia as an ordinary university lecturer. On her second year, she became the college coordinator.

She then requested that her family join her because once a Filipino starts working Down Under, she or he is immediately processed as an immigrant. The Filipino worker can always apply for permanent residency and bring her or his family in Australia, Aubrey said.

Aubreys husband also became a lecturer in another department in the same university.

When last heard, recently, Aubrey is already an assistant dean. He husband is also holding a high position in the university.

The university saw the caliber of the Filipino workers and so now, there are many Filipinos working in that same university.

It is in that same university where this writer met Mila who went to Australia as a mail order bride. She became a battered wife. Her fellow Filipinos who were working in the University took care of her and her daughter. They helped her to be able to work as a utility worker in the university and she was given the chance to study. Today, Mila is already a lecturer in the university and an advocate of women's rights helping Filipino mail order brides cope up with their problems.

The point is, unlike countries teeming with overseas Filipino workers, Australia is a country where the overseas Filipino workers are acknowledged as great workers of the world. Most of the OFWs in Australia are while collar professionals who are highly respected in their fields of endeavor.

In Australia, there has been none of the heart-breaking tragic cases of abuse suffered by Filipino workers in the hands of their employers, unlike those suffered by OFWs in some parts of the world.

Aubrey and her family are among the 165,000 Filipinos in Australia, 75,000 of who are in New South Wales. Ninety percent of the Filipino migrants live in the Greater Sydney area.

Most of the Filipinos in Australia are gainfully employed and they have children who are raised with good education. More so, they have very satisfactory relationship with their adopted country because of the passing of the dual citizenship law.

This news sure gladdened President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who graced the Global Filipino Networking Conference in Sidney, Australia on Friday, on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting being hosted by Australia. (PIA 8) [top]

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