An Analysis of Working Conditions of Filipinos in Malta

  • Manwel Debono University of Malta, Malta
  • Mario Thomas Vassallo University of Malta, Malta

Abstract

Malta is experiencing a strong economic growth which is attracting increasing numbers of foreign workers. This study investigates the working conditions experienced by Filipinos in Malta, the largest group of migrants from outside the European Union. Survey data collected from a sample of 317 Filipino workers was compared to the results of the Sixth European Working Conditions Survey. While most respondents experience positive work outcomes, a significant minority grapples with negative conditions and perceptions. Overall, the Filipino respondents in Malta appear to face more difficult working conditions than other migrants in Europe. Nearly half of the respondents report that their health or safety is at risk because of their work and over a fourth suffered from discrimination during the year leading to the research. A substantial minority of Filipinos work below their skill levels and more than 40 hours per week. About a third of the respondents are not satisfied with their working conditions, claim not to be treated fairly at work and do not find sufficient help and support from their managers and colleagues. This study indicates the need to take into consideration the realities of both the home and host countries when analyzing the working situation of migrants. It highlights the employment vulnerability of migrant Filipino workers in Malta, and points to an apparent structural deficiency in the Maltese society to protect them.

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Published
2019-09-30
How to Cite
Debono, M., & Vassallo, M. T. (2019). An Analysis of Working Conditions of Filipinos in Malta. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 15(26), 64. https://doi.org/10.19044/esj.2019.v15n26p64