I am currently living in the US. Personally it was never my dream to come here, But MANY Filipinos see coming to America as a dream come true. I have written about some Filipinos who are willing to risk everything to come to the US and many Mexican nationals risk their lives for the opportunity to work menial jobs in the US illegally.
But why? Whats up with being in America? Is it really an awesome place? What is so special about this place that people do not want to go back to their own country?
Now that I am here, I can really see why Filipinos and other foreigners decide to stay here for good. It is much more peaceful. It is 100% more stable economically. The environment overall is more stable. There are less catastrophes and calamities. The disasters that do happen are prepared for in advanced and usually responded to promptly. Unlike the Philippines where every year promises a disaster that will affect the 30% of the inhabitants because of the dense population in such a compact area. Typhoons, earthquakes, floods can wipe out many homes due to poor infrastructures and lack of preparation.
Some Americans would say that United States of America is not a good place to live but for us Filipinos it is still a paradise and way more peaceful than the Philippines. I feel safe here. I am not constantly guarding myself. I do not feel worried as much about being robbed. Philippines is overpopulated and the crime rate is very high. Everyday you can see accidents on the road. The news is always shocking. Like somebody killed on a street that you pass by daily.
The housing here is 100% better. Houses for sale in the market here are not raw and/or barely habitable. In America, an old house built in 1970’s that would not be considered a first choice can still look attractive. The prices are also reasonable for what you are getting. You can also get a good deal and a low interest rate if you have a really good credit score or refinance at the right time. It is a dream come true for me to know that my husband and I will be able to afford a decent beautiful 3 bedroom house. This would have been impossible for me to do in the Philippines without a ridiculous amount of money. Being middle class in the Philippines does not give you buying power to own a house because there is no credit system that is as thorough and consistent as in the US.
You won’t struggle finding a job. In the Philippines, overpopulation means that many over qualified people are fighting for low paying jobs at fast food places. The qualifications are getting higher and higher. For example, a cashier job now in the Philippines requires at least a college degree. I am not exaggerating. That is how high the competition is there now. However here in the US, you can get a call center job (which is considered a good job in the Philippines) with a high school diploma. Or easily get a sales associate job with no job experience.
Medical is expensive but modern. You will not die in of a common illness in the United States. As a developing country, it is not uncommon to see people dying of diabetes or pneumonia. Local provincial hospitals often don’t have the resources to treat major trauma, in fact they don’t even have a decent ER. In the US, the medical treatment is so advanced that doctors can still save your life even if its so critical because of the technology. With or without money your life will be saved. America is always evolving new ways to treat a disease. In the Philippines, you are unlikely to survive without money. You are more likely to die in the average hospital and the sad part about it is that many families don’t even have enough money to cover the burial expenses. Many people are so poor and are barely surviving day to day.
Immigrating to America was definitely a smart move. It is way more advantageous. I feel safe here. I am not constantly fighting for my life and food. My brain is not in survival mode anymore. I am faced with a wealth of choices everyday. I do not feel trapped or in danger all the time so I feel at peace here. I do not feel the need of protecting myself everyday from all the dangers of an overcrowded, crime infested city where the police are reluctant to help. Women have equality and fair justice. I do not feel scared that I will be harassed with no one to listen. If anything does go wrong, I know that I have a better chance for justice.