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Israel Needs More Filipino Caregivers
Israel, the country that hires Filipino caregivers only, is likely to hire more Filipinos as demand for homestay elderly Jewish, instead of hospital care, increases.
The move is also seen to help absorb some of those displaced workers as a result of the crisis in some Middle East countries.
Israeli ambassador to the Philippines Menashe Bar-On told reporters at an Israeli event promoting the country’s tourist attractions that they normally issue 10,000 working visas a year to Filipino caregivers, but this could probably go higher.
“Probably we can absorb some of the displaced Filipinos from the Middle East,” Bar-On said.
He said that Israel hires Filipino caregivers only because there is no communication gap as Filipinos speak English. At least 90 percent of caregivers in Israel are Filipinos, he said.
“The population is aging and more elderly people need caregivers,” he said.
Aside from the aging population, the ambassador said, demand for caregivers is increasing because more Jews now want their old folks to stay in their own homes with their families rather than in hospitals or spend the rest of their lives in homes for the aged.
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