Foreign Citizens in the Philippines (Results from the 2010 Census)

Reference Number: 

2012-094

Release Date: 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Foreign citizens in the country reaches nearly 200 thousand

Based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), the number of foreign citizens in the country was 177,365 as of May 2010. They comprised 0.2 percent of the total household population.

Three in ten foreign citizens (31.1 %) were residing in National Capital Region (NCR) at the time of the census. Those residing in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao made up 22.3 percent of the total foreign citizens. Region III had 9.0 percent, Region IVA had 8.4 percent, and Region VII had 6.0 percent of the total foreign citizens. Region IX had the least proportion at 0.5 percent.

 


 

Majority of foreign citizens come from the United States of America

The largest number of foreign citizens in the country came from the United States of America (29,959 persons). The next largest numbers came from China (28,750 persons), Japan (11,583 persons), and India (8,963 persons).

 

(Sgd) CARMELITA N. ERICTA
          Administrator

 

TECHNICAL NOTES

 

As in past censuses of population, the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) used the de jure concept of enumeration wherein households and persons are enumerated in the area where they usually reside as of the census reference date. For 2010 CPH, the reference period was May 1, 2010.

Included in the enumeration are citizens of foreign countries who have resided or are expected to reside in the Philippines for at least a year from their arrival, except members of diplomatic missions and non-Filipino members of international organizations and civilian citizens of foreign countries who have their usual residence in the Philippines, or foreign visitors who had stayed or are expected to stay for at least a year from the date of their arrival.

For the 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH), the data on citizenship were collected using the question “Is __________ a citizen of the Philippines?” This was asked for all household population. This question determines who among the members of the household are citizens of the Philippines and who are not. For non-citizens, the question “What country is __________ a citizen of?” was asked. This question determines who among the members of the household is a citizen of a foreign country.

In this census, there were 92,097,978 household population. Of this total, 177,368 were citizens of foreign countries. Among the foreign citizens, 24.8 percent had no response to the question on country of citizenship (classified under Not Reported).

Citizenship is defined as the legal nationality of a person. A citizen is a legal national of the country at the time of census, while an alien is a non-national of the country. Data on citizenship allows the classification of the population into citizens and aliens.

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