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Recently, Filipino school teachers are also in demand, although in most cases, they must pay their own way to America and fork over application and processing fees; teacher-strapped school districts are enjoying a free lunch in this regard.As a result, many Filipinos occupy low- wage and middle-wage sector jobs that offer very little opportunity to advance up a higher-paying career ladder.Filipino Americans remain a population that is diverse on many levels that must be seen in relation to, not in isolation of, each other. Copyright © 2003 by Melany Dela Cruz, Pauline Agbayani-Siewart, Eric Lai, Dennis Arguelles, Asian Week Magazine, and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. The Filipino American population first started booming after the Philippines became a territory of the United States in 1898.
At the start of World War II, thousands of Philippine-born Filipinos were recruited to serve in the military, especially the Navy, where they took jobs mostly as stewards and cooks.
Together, these immigration policies have reversed the tides of opportunity and have made it more difficult for illegal and legal immigrants to move up the ladder of social mobility. S., their economic mobility continues to be hampered by the global restructuring of the economy.
In the last thirty years, many American cities have recruited Filipino nurses to meet shortages in their hospitals.
This resulted in a significant brain drain of highly- educated Filipinos.
Unlike earlier immigrants who were largely farm workers and military personnel, the new Filipino immigrants were professionals, many in the medical fields.