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There are many reasons to emigrate to the Philippines for a long time or permanently. The reasons can be both personal and more general, they can be shared by other expats and emigrants. Some of the motivations can be: 

  • More pleasant climate and beautiful islands 
  • Better value for money
  • Want to see more of the world, adventure
  • Long-cherished dream chasing
  • More or better work and career opportunities
  • More interesting work environment 
  • A need of self esteem
  • Pleasant living conditions: different population distribution, other political system, less tax, better climate
  • More focus and attention for your partner or family life

The Filipinos are well known for their hospitality and friendliness. They warmly welcome foreign visitors. Sharing food, religion and family life are important aspects of the Filipino culture.  

When you are deciding to move abroad, preparation is important. Preparation can help you feel more at ease at the start of the challenge. Read more about:
What are the core themes if you start with preparing an emigration? 
What are the core requirements for emigration to succeed? 
How to orientate in a new living environment? 
How to orientate in a new work environment? 
Starting your own business? 
How to arrange your visa? 
What insurance to get? 

What are the core themes if you start with preparing an emigration?

If you have plans to emigrate then there is much to consider. Emigrants mention that they pay much attention to the following:

  • Living in a particular region or country
  • Job opportunities abroad
  • Legal and tax matters
  • Insurance abroad
  • Renting or buying a house/apartment abroad
  • Banking abroad
  • Work permits abroad
  • Diploma validity and recognition abroad 
  • Visas and visa application procedures
  • Removals and furniture

What are the core requirements for emigration to succeed?

On this website you can find tips on various topics if you are going abroad (for a longer period) or have plans to emigrate. Every emigration and every emigrant is different. Earlier emigrants and the receiving governments appointed following conditions as a primary focus for an emigration to succeed.
  • Learn the language of your destination. Mastering, in any degree, opens many doors. In addition, many employers require at least some basic knowledge of the national language when you apply for a job. 
  • Sell your house in your home country, before you buy a home at your new destination. It can become a heavy emotional and financial burden during a migration process if you still have the costs of a house in your home country. If it can, first rent a home before you buy a house.
  • Do what you're good at. Apply for a job that suits you, or start your own company in a direction in which you have experience.
  • Ensure that you have some financial reserves. A relocation costs money. If you start your own business, then keep in mind that a start-up time of two to three years is quite normal.
  • Visit the place where you want to live (when possible several times). Preferably both in summer and winter. Also dig into the environment through books, films, brochures, etc.
  • Do not cut all contacts in your country of origin. You can always return. 
  • Concentrate on contacts with the local population. Join clubs, get in touch with your neighbors, and make arrangements for your children with other children. Take initiative!
  • Be flexible and prepared for setbacks.
  • Take time for your emigration plans. Do not take hasty decisions or decisions based on verbal commitments. Too rapid decision can have disastrous consequences for your family and your financial situation.
  • Involve the whole family in the emigration, including the children. Plan a first visit to a potential new hometown not alone but visit this place with your partner and family. You should have the first impression together, share them together.

How to orientate in a new living environment

Living, working and make a living in a country other than your home country is for most people something else than going somewhere on vacation or traveling around. Not everyone has the emigration destination (completely) in their own hands, but anyway: do some research in advance on your possible new destination and think about the advantages and disadvantages of the new place. The choice of a new home is not always in your own hands and is obviously highly dependent on personal preferences, circumstances and family composition.

Choose, if possible, to temporarily rent accommodation during your search for an ideal place to stay: cheaper than a hotel and it gives you more peace for reflection in making final housing choices. Perhaps you can live for a while in a specific environment and experience how the environment affects your living comfort. This might help you in choosing a good type of house. 

A house in a compound or expat urbanization cannot always be prevented, but it can hinder the integration in the country, especially if you will emigrate. A sense of loneliness or isolation will be triggered by living in a resort-like environment when the holiday season has ended.

How to orientate in a new work environment

Finding a job abroad is for many migrants the key success factor of their emigration. Worldwide, one third of employers struggle to fill vacancies; especially since the capable job seekers are not on the spot and partly by global aging. Who wants to work or set up a business abroad themselves has plenty of opportunities, but it is about making the right match between employer and employee and regional differences can be seen. 

Expats and emigrants do have a lot of different reasons to work in a foreign country, for example:

  • Better career opportunities
  • Adventure
  • More or better chances for entrepreneurship

Expats and emigrants can be found in broad range of work forces. But most of them are:

  • Sent abroad by their current company
  • Working for (international) NGOs/within the humanitarian sector
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Searching for a new paid job
  • Gaining work/culture experience via internships or volunteer work
  • Working within their own NGO or starting up a project

Starting your own business

The competencies that give entrepreneurs a better chance of success abroad are not very different from those in your country of origin: your chance to entrepreneurial success will be bigger if you dare not to take the beaten paths, dare to take risks, having a good starting capital, experience in the relevant industry, knowledge of the language and a well thought business plan.

How to arrange your visa?

There are different visas for different groups. Which visa you need depends on various factors, such as age, work situation, money, the amount of time you will stay in the Philippines and intentions. 

What insurance to get?

There are different insurances to choose from. Emigrants and expats need to think about health insurance, home contents insurance, liability insurance, disability insurance etc. Which insurance you prefer, depends on your personal needs. 

Reasons to be insured are:

  • In other countries the chances are higher to experience accidents, diseases, theft, lost baggage or other bad luck. 
  • It is more likely that you will need help in case something happens, like staying in a hospital, evacuation or repatriation.
  • It might be the case that you want to insure adventurous sports and activities. 
  • There are insurances available also in case you are in part of a country that gets a negative travel advice from foreign governments.
  • It is possible that family members might get sick or die while you are in another country.
  • It might be the case that you want to insure adventurous sports and activities. 


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