I saw somewhere (not sure where, it was online, which means the number is probably not accurate), that Saudi Arabia is short 50-60k of nurses…. That’s a LOT of nurses. But let’s say it’s 1/5 of that number, 10k, and many of those nurses will come from abroad….. That shows that the brain drain of qualified nurses will continue the exodus from countries that may need them.
Pinoy nurses are always at the top of the list to switch countries to make some cash.
There’s another problem here though. With 50K of jobs that opens the door to exploitation. Someone will apply to be a nurse (because they are) and find out after doing their homework that they arrive and they will be a nanny….not so hot.
Sometimes you don’t really know what you’re getting yourself into when you get a job in a shady country like Saudi Arabia. (lots of money, but let’s face it, the rich Arab countries have been built off the backs of slaves from India, et al.)
In those instances it’s important to know your rights and options when you arrive. If you wind up in a labor issue, which you may very well, you can leave, go home, you can hang on to your documents, you have rights.
Let’s try to inform each other so nobody becomes exploited.