Pinoys working, living abroad still growing

It may be more fun in the Philippines but recent data show that every four Filipinos in the labor force correspond to one Filipino who works or lives abroad.

A total of 10.46 million Pinoys are in 217 foreign countries and territories as of 2011, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas said in its latest "Stock Estimate of Filipinos Overseas."

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This number is equivalent to 25.4 percent of the country's labor force which the Labor Department pegged at 41.94 million in October 2011.

It also represents a 10.7-percent increase in the number of Filipinos abroad, from 9.45 million in 2010.

Of the total Pinoys abroad, 4.86 million permanent migrants, 4.51 million temporary migrants and 1.07 million irregular migrants.

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"Permanent migrants include immigrants, dual citizens or legal permanent residents abroad, whose stay do not depend on work contracts," the report said.

Temporary migrants, meanwhile, include those whos stay overseas are employment-related and who are expected to return to the Philippines after their contract.

Also under this category are students, trainees, entrepreneurs, businessmen and their accompanying dependents.

On the other hand, irregular migrants are those "not properly documented, without valid residence or work permits, or who are overstaying in a foreign country."

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"Irregular migrants could be found mainly in the United States, Malaysia and Singapore," the report said.

The U.S. also remained the top destination for Pinoys, with 3.43 million migrants across all categories.

It was followed by Saudi Arabia (1.55 million), Canada (842,651), United Arab Emirates (679,819) and Malaysia (569,081).


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