Tuesday, June 3, 2014

God Has Blessed the World with People from the Philippines Everywhere

(Information about Filipinos throughout the World) from Ask.com, Philippine Government, and http://mabuhaycity.com/ and adapted by Doug Nichols of the Filipino International Network

Australia: In 2010, there were approximately 177,400 people in Australia who were born in the Philippines.

Canada: Only a small population of Filipinos resided in Canada until the late 20th century. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has estimated that as of 2009 there were over 640,000 Canadians of Filipino origin.

France: there are approximately 55,000 Filipinos in France.

Greece: The Philippine Embassy has reported an estimated of 40,000 Filipinos in Greece.

Hong Kong: There are approximately 140,000 Filipinos in Hong Kong, of whom most are domestic helpers (30,000 of them being members of the Filipino Migrant Workers Union).

Italy: There are about 130,000 Filipinos in Italy. This makes it the second country host to Filipinos in Europe after the UK.

Iraq: Despite that the Philippine government banned Overseas Foreign Workers (OFWs) from working in Iraq, an estimated 1,000-3,000 Filipinos[citation needed] work there. Most work on US Military bases around the country as cooks and laundry service, sometimes as third-country national security guards. This is the only foreign country in which Filipino men outnumber Filipino women.

Ireland: As of 2008, the Philippine embassy in London reported that there are 11,500 Filipinos in Ireland.

Japan: Some 350,972 Filipinos are listed to be living within Japan's geographic confines. However, this number is speculated to be larger, surpassing the one million mark due to many unlisted and illegal Filipino nationals.

Lebanon: As many as 30,000 OFWs are working in Lebanon. Due to the recent turmoil between Lebanon and Israel, however, many have been repatriated back to the Philippines, while others have been relocated to Cyprus, a part of the Philippine evacuation plan.

Malaysia: As Sabah is very close to the Philippines, many Filipino residents and illegal immigrants live and work there. Filipinos make up about 30% of the entire population of Sabah and they enumerate up to 900,000. Many Filipinos in Malaysia work in construction industries, fisheries, and other labor-intensive sectors in hopes of a better living. Most live in stilt slums scattered behind cities or on offshore islands.

Mexico: There are about 200,000 Mexicans of Filipino ancestry living in Mexico, some of whom are of mixed ancestry, descended from Filipino immigrants who settled in Mexico during the colonial period. More recently, there were Filipinos who arrived as refugees to Mexico who fled from the Marcos dictatorship.

Middle East: Many Filipinos work in the Middle East (mostly Saudi Arabia and UAE) as engineers, nurses or hospital workers, accountants, office workers, construction workers, restaurant workers and maids. The Philippine government estimates that more than 2 million Overseas Filipinos are working in the Middle East.

New Zealand: There are about 17,000 Filipino residents and citizens in New Zealand called KiwiPino's, Filipino New Zealanders.

Nigeria: Filipinos in Nigeria consist largely of workers in the oil industry, though those in the capital city Abuja also work in the education and medical sectors. By mid-2008, their numbers had grown to an estimated 4,500, up from 3,790 in 2005.

Norway: The number of Filipinos in Norway is estimated to be about 12,000, most of them living in the Oslo urban area.

Oman: There are between 40,000 and 46,000 Filipinos in Oman.

Pakistan: According to the statistics of the Philippine government, an estimated 3,000 Filipinos live and work in Pakistan

Singapore: As of 2009, over 163,000 Overseas Filipinos worked and resided in Singapore.

South Korea: Some 70,000 Filipinos work and live in Korea.

Spain: There are around 50,000 Filipino legal workers living abroad in Spain, mainly in Barcelona and Madrid. This number is nearly 0,7% of the Spanish population. Filipinos have maintained a presence in Spain, given the latter colonized the islands for three centuries, resulting in significant cultural ties.

Sweden: There are about 4,000 Filipinos in Sweden.

Taiwan: There are 96,000 Filipinos currently living in Taiwan. Of these, 58,704 are in manufacturing industries and 34,602 are in social or personal services

United Kingdom: The UK is home to an estimated 200,000 OFWs. Many Filipino seamen settled in British port cities during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Liverpool even had an area nicknamed 'Little Manila'.

United States: Filipino Americans find it easy to integrate into American society, with a majority belonging to the middle class. Filipinos are the second-largest Asian American group in the country; Tagalog is the fifth most spoken language in the U.S. The US State Department estimated that there are 4 million Filipinos in the US as of 2007.The United States hosts the largest population of Filipinos outside the Philippines, with a Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles designated in August 2002, the first district established outside the Philippines to honor and recognize the area's Filipino community.

From Philippine Migration Report

The study also showed that the Middle Eastern countries remain the primary destinations for over 67% of OFWs. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remained as the top destination for many workers.

There are about 8.7 to 11 million overseas Filipinos worldwide, equivalent to about 11% of the total population of the Philippines.

Overseas Filipinos (and OFWs) populations around the world [2010]

Each year, more than a million Filipinos leave to work abroad through overseas employment agencies and other programs, including government sponsored ones. Others emigrate and become permanent residents of other countries. Overseas Filipinos often work as doctors, physical therapists, nurses, accountants, IT professionals, engineers, architects, entertainers, technicians, teachers, military servicemen, seafarers, students, caregivers, domestic helpers and household maids.

The exodus includes an increasing number of skilled workers taking on unskilled work overseas, resulting in what has been referred to as a brain drain, particularly in the health and education sectors. Also, the exodus can result in underemployment, for example, in cases where doctors undergo retraining to become nurses.

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