12% percent of Filipinos live and work overseas.

"Filipinos are very good at assimilating into their host societies. They are quite unique like that."

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"In terms of numbers, the Filipino Diaspora at 11 million now outnumbers the original Jewish Diaspora. Each year, the Philippines is sending out more than a million to work abroad through its overseas employment program."


If the trend of the Philippine Diaspora continues, the migration of professionals and other skilled workers will likely result in the ‘brain drain’ of the Philippines.


Brain Drain is defined as ‘the loss of skilled intellectual and technical labor through the movement of such labor to more favorable geographic, economic, or professional environments.’ The International Labor Organization in 2002 studied the skilled labor migration in the Philippines as a model for other developing countries. Although Filipinos had begun migrating much earlier, it was the surge of demand of contract workers in the Middle East that forced the government to institutionalize the migration of temporary contract workers. The annual number of workers deployed had escalated from 36,035 in 1975 to 791,000 in 1998. Since the actual magnitude and effect of the brain drain could not be directly measured, the ILO observed and analyzed the ‘magnitude of employment and unemployment of tertiary graduates during certain periods.’ They then compared the supply of graduates from the formal education system with the outflow from the country and they were able to evaluate the extent of human capital loss.




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