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A Philippines Mystery in Bermuda?

Bm There is an insidious and invasive discriminatory trend developing about migrant workers.

It's fair to assume that extreme right-wing factions in Europe are taking a lead in all this. The recent abhorrent actions of a lunatic Norwegian is a prime but hopefully rare and tragic example.

But fortress Europe is not the only place manifesting fascist prejudices against economic migrants. The uniqueness of the Oslo bomber and assassin is that he murdered his own people – presumably due to a warped ideology to ignite the blue touch paper and set western Europe alight. Similar catalysts began in 1933 with Hitler and the rise of Aryan supremacists, and it wasn't just Germany which spawned the devil, because the same seeds grew and festered in the USA with the Klu Klux Klan.

The weeds may have been stemmed, but like all weeds, they are buggers to control. Just when you think the Bermuda Grass lawn is growing well, up pops a dandelion or nettle to remind you that all is not rosy under the surface.

The lawns of Bermuda are far from pristine. This small island in the North Atlantic, with a population of 70,000, lauded as a haven of beauty, safety, stability and economic success is demonstrating intolerance to it's migrant workers – most notably Filipinos (as reported here in GMA News).

Derogatory graffiti is scrawled across public places telling them to "Get Out" and "No cheap labour". The perception, according to a Bermudian parliamentary member, is that the ill-feeling arises from their growing population and that they are succeeding at the expense of the indigenous residents.

There are less than 1,200 Filipinos in Bermuda of which all except 100 are temporary migrant workers. Hardly a number to cause such animated distress, particularly as they are employed mainly in the service industries (i.e. domestic and tourism).

The Association of Filipinos in Bermuda have astonishingly suggested that this racist graffiti is likely the work of someone suffering from unrequited love, whose advances were rejected by a Filipino worker. I've heard some excuses, but this one takes the biscuit.

On a serious note, in times of economic uncertainty and instability, the first people to suffer wrath and resentment are immigrant workers. Lauded and applauded for their industry in times of growth and prosperity, but always the scapegoats when things turn bad. It happened in Nazi Germany, and it is a salutary 20th century lesson for the 21st.

But it's also a lesson for the Philippines' government. The world is becoming less inviting for their army of OFW's (Overseas Filipino Workers). They may not be able to rely on the billion dollar remittances which they have embraced lovingly and benefited from for the last thirty years.

Millions may have to return home. Lets hope they have a "Plan B". Let's hope they have used all that money wisely. Let's hope they have seen that far ahead.

The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle may well be the disappearance of 1000 Filipinos. Now there's a thought!


July 27, 2011 - Posted by | Culture, Current Affairs, Education, History, Politics, The Philippines | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Brenda Madrigal

    Fantastic blog article.Really thank you! Great.


    Comment by Brenda Madrigal | December 10, 2011 | Reply

  2. Mr Editor/writer extreme rightwingism is a political term for socialism therefore Nazism and fascism.Sir pls dont eliminate that NAZI is an acronym for…..


    Comment by peter lavoure | November 21, 2012 | Reply

  3. Filipinos cannot be silent any longer!


    Comment by chevon bailey | November 21, 2012 | Reply

  4. Hi Peter
    Thanks for your comment, unfortunately you didn’t seem to finish your point.


    Comment by Bar De Ness | December 3, 2012 | Reply

  5. Thanks for reading and commenting Chevon.


    Comment by Bar De Ness | December 3, 2012 | Reply

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