While we often think about migration in terms of where people go, another important piece of the story is where migrants come from—and what happens to the countries, communities, and families they leave behind.

One example of a country shaped by emigration is the Philippines; about a tenth of its population lives abroad. This significant flow of people away from their home country has lasting consequences for family members and communities there, who benefit from the remittances but face brain waste, family separation, and more. 

Emigration has profound and interconnected effects—both positive and negative—on a home country’s economy, workforce, and society. Think about how your life might change if one of every ten people you know left your country.

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