The difference between a migrant and an immigrant aside from the spelling and pronunciation is that a migrant after finishing his job contract returns to the Philippines, while an immigrant applies for citizenship in the country where he works.
In 2015, there were more than one million Filipino migrant workers in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, etc.), about 100,000 in Asia (Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macao, etc.) and about 20,000 in Europe (UK, Germany, Spain, etc.). They send billions of dollars every year to their families. Without these remittances, it would not be fifty pesos to one US dollar but seventy pesos for one dollar. Clearly, the tireless, selfless and thankless efforts of our migrant workers keep our economy alive.
There are two observations about our migrants. When abroad, they have the bayanihan spirit and flock together and are more prayerful. Whenever they come home, they bring their religiosity with them. When they are here, they shower their families with love and affection. Indeed, they are our modern Filipino heroes.
Mabuhay ang ating mga migrant workers!