Overseas Workers

Total Number of OFWs is Estimated at 2.2 Million (Results from the 2011 Survey on Overseas Filipinos)

The total number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who worked abroad at anytime during the period April to September 2011 was estimated at 2.2 million. The estimate for the same period of 2010 was 2.0 million. The overseas contract workers (OCWs) or those with existing work contract abroad comprised 95.3 percent of the total OFWs in 2011.

2008 Survey on Overseas Filipinos

The number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who worked abroad at anytime during the period April to September 2008 reached 2.0 million as reported by their families. The 2008 estimate represents an increase of 14.6 percent over the 1.7 million OFWs estimated for the period April to September 2007. The Overseas Contract Workers (OCWs) or those with existing work contract abroad comprised 94.0 percent (1.9 million) of the total OFWs during the period April to September 2008. This number is 16.5 percent more than the 1.6 million OCWs for the same period in 2007.

Place of Work of Overseas Filipino Workers (Results from the 2007 Survey on Overseas Filipino)

One out of five or 19.8 percent of the total Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) worked in Saudi Arabia during the period April to September 2007. More than one in every ten OFWs (12.1%) worked in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). OFWs who worked in Europe accounted for 9.2 percent while those who worked in North and South America recorded a percent share of 9.3 percent. Hongkong (6.7%), Singapore (6.0%), Japan (5.6%) and Taiwan (5.5%) were also the favorite destinations of OFWs in Asia.

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