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THE MESSAGE. BRINGING INTO FOCUS FILIPINO PRESENCE IN AUSTRALIA www.kalatas.com.au | Volume 6 Number 4 | JANUARY 2016 DIBP: Be wary of Email scam The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has cautioned people on scams including an email scam contacting unsuspecting victims with a fake email address. “We have become aware of a scam that uses email addresses ending in '.pn' claiming to be from the department. The scammer contacts a victim through a fake email address and claims to be from the department or another Australian Government agency,” states the DIBP website. The email address used by the scammer is not a genuine departmental email address and ends in '.pn' . For example, immi@govt.au.pn or australia@immigrationapproval.com.au.pn. Victims can receive an email unsolicited, after they register their details on a job seeking website, or after responding to a non-genuine employment ad. The person targeted will be asked to provide personal documents to the scammer. The victim might be told they have been selected in a 'resettlement programme' through an 'electronic ballot'. These scam emails have often been signed by a 'Hon. Thomas Smith'. The victim might be contacted by the scammer pretending to be from a company. The victim is then taken through a fake recruitment process, and told to contact the department through a non-genuine email address ending in '.pn'. The DIBP states: Please be aware: •We will never send genuine emails from an email address that ends in '.pn'. •We will not ask you to make a payment directly to the department.. •We do not offer a 'resettlement programme' through unsolicited emails or an 'electronic ballot'. If you have received an email that matches this scam we strongly recommend not responding. [www.border. gov.au] IMMIGRATION 07 The Migration challenge On cleaners and the distribution of income and stories When asked about migrating to Australia, ‘Inday’, a single mother from the Philippines, exclaims “It is frustrating!”. This frustration, she explains, is due to her current job as a cleaner despite being a skilled migrant. By Jake Atienza Although a widespread story, it is not a story that skilled Filipino migrants struggling to make ca-reer, and money, in Australia like to make known. This leads me to ponder; What is the narrative that drives these migrants? The story of Inday’s migration to Australia started taking shape five years ago when she left the Philippines as an Overseas Foreign Worker. While working in research and development in the Philippines, she was expected to take care of her son and her family. The relatively low wages in the Philippines led her to leave the country in pursuit of financial prosperity. She took up a position at a US Naval base where she worked at a laboratory in quality control and research and development. When her 2-year contract ended she decided to move on as life at the naval base was isolating putting a strain on her son who has accompanied her ever since she left the Philippines. After the twoyear stint, she worked as a chemist in Singapore for another three years. This trajectory is not uncommon, as a large percentage of the Philippine population works abroad - Australia being one of the top destinations. A report published by the World Bank, which ranks the Philippines as the third largest recipient of remittances, states that OFW’s contributed up to $29.7 billion to the Philippine economy in 2015. This figure transpires in the everyday stories of Filipino cleaners that I have been speaking to over the course of this year. After working in her line-of-work for five years as an OFW, Inday felt confident about moving to Sydney and continuing her career. She migrated to Australia after obtaining a Permanent Residen-cy as a Skilled Migrant with her son as a dependent. The frustration, she explains, is derived mainly from the challenge of landing the right job at the right company. While she has years of experience in her field, she has no local ex- perience. After being shortlisted for positions, Inday followed up and found that she was over-qualified but did not have local experience. She took up cleaning in order to support herself, her son and family back in the Philippines. A similar story runs parallel among a number of Filipino cleaners in Sydney. One such story is of a Filipino cleaner who worked in IT for 11 years whilst in the Philippines but has been unable to work in IT in Sydney. Another Filipino cleaner is a qualified Nurse in the Philippines but does not meet the criteria to work as a Nurse in Australia. These Filipino cleaners, while struggling professionally, contribute to the economic backbone of the Philippines by sending money home. Meanwhile, they share with me the frustrations of climbing the professio