More and more Samoans are looking abroad for better economic and social opportunities.
Twenty-six-year-old, Amouta Tauti, knows this because he has three siblings who live overseas.
Yesterday, the young lad from the village of Fuailolo’o in Mulifanua shared with the Village Voice team the advantage of migrating overseas.
“There are two reasons people move abroad, to seek for better futures, and to support their families here in Samoa,” he explained.
He is unemployed, but he works around his house and his plantation.
Mr. Tauti said of all his six siblings, he is the only one living with his parents.
“My two sisters here in Samoa have moved out with their own families and I am here to look after our parents.
“So right now we live with my nephew who attends high school.”
Mr. Tauti says he is grateful for the assistance from his siblings abroad that helps their family’s daily survival.
“I would be hunting for job if my siblings weren’t sending any money to support our parents.
“But I am glad that I just have to prepare my parents food and do chores around the house. My parents are in their 70s and I am the one who cooks and works at the plantation.”
Mr. Tauti reiterated the reason people migrate overseas.
“We Samoans pray for our families overseas because they are out there working to support our families.
“They leave the country and loved ones in order to seek better opportunities there.
“Not only that, they will also have to remember the families here in Samoa because this is their identity and one basic reason they left.”
Mr. Tauti added people in Samoa should play their part as well.
“Us living here in Samoa, we also should be playing our part as well, and that is why I still work here in the plantation.
“We should be doing something as well here on our land and our family members abroad can work together with us to support our families.”