Saturday, 28 February 2009

PHILIPPINES: Migrants' families feel money pinch

By Paul Wiseman, USA TODAY
When Renato Canlapan lost his job at a Taiwanese fiberglass plant last month, he didn't even have enough money for the bus fare home.

That was a blow not just to him, but to family members back in his native Philippines — where he sent a good portion of the $500 he earned every month. The cash supported siblings, parents, grandparents, uncle, aunts and cousins.

Without his help, Canlapan says, they must "minimize the money they spend on food."
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