The United Kingdom is one of the biggest and most powerful nations in the world, which explains why this the place where most Filipinos are aiming to live permanently. Knowing the pros and cons will help improve the decision of potential Filipino immigrants.
The United Kingdom has a very strong economy, as well as many unique attractions. Filipinos working and living in the UK have the advantage of being close to the most sought after brands in the world and being part of a highly artistic and cultural environment that continues to evolve to this day. The history of the United Kingdom is so rich, thus inspiring many tourists to give up their old citizenship in exchange for a UK working visa.
Some of the Advantages of Living in the UK
1. Strong and stable economy.
Living and working in the United Kingdom will provide security of tenure for many individuals because the economy is generally stable. Some of the financial institutions in the country date back over a century because the market has always been stable (and is not expected to significantly change in the next several decades). The strong economy can also be credited to the effective governance which provides utmost care and importance to all citizens.
One important thing to note is that while the European continent has suffered a debt crisis, the UK stays relatively strong and there remains enough opportunities for citizens and immigrants alike to build a life.
2. Multiple financial opportunities.
Filipinos working the United Kingdom can earn thousands of euros each year depending on their type of job. There are some jobs that allow individuals to work double shifts, thereby augmenting income. Since Filipinos are generally used to working overtime or working two or more jobs at a time, they will find the income-earning opportunities to be vast.
3. Advanced technology and commercialism.
Many cities in the United Kingdom are known to be the centers of fashion, technology and commerce.
Filipinos who are looking for the latest gadgets, clothes, cars and other items will find these available, provided that they have the capacity to purchase them. The United Kingdom is one of the most advanced countries in the world, which is why immigrants will enjoy being part of the various events and activities that celebrate new milestones and developments in different industries.
4. Health care and education.
There are health institutions and educational institutions that offer free medical services and education. Filipinos can avail of special health plans to get the best type of emergency or medical care without having to pay much or anything at all. The services, equipment and tools will all be provided to guarantee that any form of health threat will be taken care of immediately. There are also a number of world-renowned schools and universities where people can further their learning for free.
Some Disadvantages of Living in the UK
1. Weather changes.
Because of the location of the United Kingdom on the earth, Filipinos might have some days when they will experience sudden changes in weather. It can be sunny for a few hours and then snowy for another few hours and then rainy at the end of the day. This means that Filipinos have to be prepared for the extreme climate.
2. High cost of living.
Despite the financial opportunities available, many Filipino immigrants still worry about the high cost of living in the United Kingdom. In fact, the Guardian says UK has the ‘worst quality of life‘ in Europe. Pay for rent, utilities and transportation are all expensive compared to most other places in the world.
Living in the UK, like any other first-world country, has its fair share of pros and cons. But with the opportunities accessible, Filipinos will have an easier time adjusting to the hectic UK life because of our higher tolerance for work stress. To add, the literacy rate in the country is also high, making it a great place to bring the family.