When Love is not enough

Millions of Filipinos work abroad to support their families back home. Eight mothers and children share their stories of separation

By Jessie Yeung and Xyza Cruz Bacani, CNN

No mother wants to leave her child — but in the Philippines, it can feel like there’s no other choice. Unable to earn enough money at home, an estimated 2.2 million Filipinos worked overseas last year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. The majority were women, many hoping to give their child a better future.

They work as nurses, hospitality staff, nannies and cleaners. Last year, they sent $33.5 billionback to the Philippines in personal remittances — a record high, according to the country’s central bank.

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