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Money from overseas makes OFW kids 'lazy'

Because of the remittances they receive, some children of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Europe are less inclined to study, or work, an officer of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) told GMANews.TV on Thursday. “One remarkable development among children of OFWs in Europe is they are becoming dependent on remittances. These children show less enthusiasm to study and to find work, said Ricardo Casco, national program officer for labor migration support of IOM. Casco also said that most of these kids are attracted to migrating to Europe and are willing to get there even through illegal means. “If this trend goes on and on, it will have adverse effect on the development of the community," he said. Casco said that the IOM has been in the Philippines since the late ‘70s, facilitating legal migration of Filipinos to Europe and helping both sending and receiving countries to engage in dialog so that migration could be beneficial to both. Migration has trade-offs, he said, adding that it has effects on relationships in families and even in communities. “In one of our interactions with local officials in some towns in Batangas, there was a concern that there were more migrants than voters. This means that migrants are becoming less involved in the political development in their communities," he said. "We need to help government improve the pre-employment orientation program by developing tools and technology in the delivery of information to reach out to as many people possible, especially those in remote communities, where more people are inclined to find work abroad," Casco said. - Luis Gorgonio, GMANews.TV