Security concerns may drive more Filipinos to migrate: migration expert

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 24 2017 06:49 PM

MANILA - Events like the Marawi terror attack as well as the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao may drive more Filipinos to seek citizenship in another country, according to a firm that assists people who want to migrate. 

"These sort of nasty events make people uncertain. And what our clients are looking for is to have options, and having a second alternative citizenship or residence, this gives them options," said Dominic Volek of Henley & Partners. 

Volek said a lot of people in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, see having a second passport, as well as the option to move out of their country, as the ultimate insurance policy.

But besides concerns about security, Volek also said that many Filipinos are getting a second citizenship or residence in other countries because of their desire for "travel freedom."

"If you're a Filipino, your passport is not the best travel document in the world in terms of visa-free entry to other countries," Volek said. 

He added that countries in the Caribbean like Antigua, Barbuda and Grenada have visa-free entry to European Schengen zone and the UK. 

Volek added that there are many countries that offer citizenship to people who would invest in their economies.

"This is very much a mainstream option now for people who have the financial means to do it," he said. 

He said countries like Malta and Cyprus, which are members of the European Union, have become particularly attractive as their citizens are automatically also EU citizens.