Filipinos were hailed as the happiest migrants in New Zealand in a survey conducted by market research company Cultural Connections, a report on NZ Herald said Monday.
The survey, which had 600 migrant respondents, showed that Filipinos rated their happiness levels 6.8 out of 10 when they first arrived in New Zealand and 8 out of 10 during the time of the survey.
Researcher Eric Chuah said most Filipinos migrated to New Zealand for better employment and were happy to discover that working the same hours they did in the Philippines allowed them to earn seven times than they would back home.
Julia Tolentino, who moved to New Zealand with her family when she was 11, told NZ Herald that she gave a score of 10 in the survey as she feels there's "total freedom" and "lots of opportunity" to pursue her passion.
Tolentino added that she felt "doubly happy" to be there as Filipinos were rated the happiest ethnic community in the country, and she lived in Manurewa, the happiest electorate in Auckland. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News