Most Filipino-Americans have relatives, or at least know someone personally, who work abroad. We know about the Filipino professionals — nurses, doctors, architects, engineers, accountants (and most recently, teachers) — the seafarers and those in the merchant marine trade, as well as construction laborers. However, the majority of overseas workers are women who apply for domestic jobs.
It is estimated that about 11% (from 9 to 11 million) of the Philippine population work overseas, and send money home to support their families. Although India, China and Mexico receive more remittance money from overseas workers, remittances sent by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) represent the largest proportion — almost 14% – of their country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) — making overseas Filipino workers one of the largest contributors to the Philippine economy.
Here are the numbers:
|Total populatioN WORKING OVERSEAS|
|Regions with significant populations|
It was interesting to learn that there are over 1 million OFWs in Saudi Arabia (my cousin J.R. among them). Also, the high number of Filipino workers in Malaysia and the UAE – United Arab Emirates, and the presence of OFWs in Norway and Switzerland.
Also see Lola Jane’s Filipino population related post: Chameleons: Why Filipinos live and work in just about every country in the world
More Philippine related post from this Lola, are here… including:
- Two items NOT to bring in your luggage when traveling from the Philippines to the U.S.
- The UBE and purple Filipino food
- Corn and Cheese Ice Cream, anyone? About our unique tropical ice creams
- Haring Ibon, about the magnificent and critically endangered Philippine Eagle
And if you are curious about what parts of the United States have established Filipino populations, click here to see the U.S. Census Bureau graphic that show states and percentage of Filipino populations) on my post about the Philippine-based Jollibee restaurant chain.
~ Lola Jane