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Filipinos abandon Greece of the crisis
By Lina Giannarou
"I'm on the bus, but I can talk." It's 5:00 in the afternoon and Linda has left her first job and roadside stands for the second. Mornings care an elderly woman in Melissia, afternoon makes for a few hours baby sitting in N.Psychico. It is about one year that keeps exhausting this time. The past 16 years working as a domestic in a family in the New World. When things started going wrong with the chores the couple were forced to expel bitterly. Had created together a separate family. But the labor market saw Linda in 2011 had little to do with that of the 90s. "It really hard to get work only part time and again with little money," says the "K". "The hours are many and great fatigue." If the crisis hides the opportunities, grabbed her own: "I go back to Manila. We will work with my husband in the fields, we will see what happens. " Tickets have already come out, the trip is scheduled for June. "Goodbye Greece."
The last two years, quietly, like silent is the people themselves, hundreds of Filipinos living and working in Greece have returned home. The more deeply 'rooted' immigration team in Greek society was slow to feel the blow of the economic crisis. "The jobs at home were always the most safe" they say in "K" factors of this 'market'. But everything suggests that this last stronghold accepts the first shocks. Weather signs, social and economic elites still today employ domestic workers, particularly on a 24 gradually begins to truncate such luxuries. The Greece of "Filipino" of the worker who was identified as none other than the neoploutismo, "deflates".
The first departed were the children and spouses of workers in our country Filipinos, who had managed to come in the amalgamation families. Can the mother or father to continue to maintain a good and cushy, but after the rapid changes in Greece became very difficult to maintain an entire family with a salary. In the Philippines back and many of the immigrants who arrived in Greece in the last decade. They are those who did not manage to "grapothoun 'well from the labor market, we arrived just before the recession. Their wages fell sharply-most wins by force from 400 to 500 per month-, some totally lost their jobs, many took the decision to leave. In "mobilizing" have been those who have been deprived of legitimacy, ie those for which permits have expired or canceled for various reasons.
The bulk, however, of Filipinos who live in our country has deeper roots. Most work as housekeepers for at least 15-20 years, having gained much experience and unbreakable relationship with society. As expected, they have been less affected by all. According to Mr. P. Adams, owner of domestic staff recruitment agency, the salary reductions recorded of around 10-20%. "Most people earn 800 to 1000 euros. At the same time, demand remains high due to the high specialization. " Characteristically, however, as he says, that while 15 years ago Filipinos recruited in areas such Papagos, Agia Paraskevi, Halandri or Abelokipoi, currently employed "strict" in Ekali, State, P. Psihiko, Vouliagmeni k . okay
But for all the decision repatriation difficult to obtain, as it says in the "K" Mrs Leanor Mabagal by the Embassy of the Philippines. "The Filipinos are hard workers and maximize their time. Now in the present work two or three jobs, two hours here, two there, whatever you can to make a living. Most live together, sharing the rent. In any case, even the 500 is better than what they would earn in other countries, such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia or Middle Eastern countries, which are alternative choices. "
Today it is estimated that in Greece live and work 15,000 Filipinos and 40,000 more employed in any Greek owned ships and boats.