The receiving countries lose as skilled workers are not fully utilizing their skills while the home country simultaneously experience a shortage of workers in emigrating prone sectors. An infographic recently shared by the DFA reveals the following statistics for the population of OFWs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region as of January 2020. THE NUMBERS: To date, the Middle East and Africa remains to be the region with the most number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, recoveries, under treatment, and fatalities among our nationals. 32 or 0.09% from the Americas, The Filipino Times is the chronicler of stories for, of and by Filipinos all over the world, reaching more than 236 countries in readership. It is therefore a central question to promote women's rights in order to promote children's capabilities. With 760,000 OFWs – down by half from a one-time high of 1.5 million a few years back – Saudi Arabia is home to the largest number of Filipino migrant workers in the Middle East. While there were 1,239 reported cases of OFW infection in Asia and the Pacific with one death and 1,165 recoveries. Of this number, 77,326 OFWs (32.58%) are sea-based while 160,037 (67.42%) are land-based. The slightly smaller percentage of the female overseas workers tend to be younger than their male counterparts. It has exceeded the number of Filipinos infected by the virus in Europe and North America, making Middle East the COVID-19 hotspot for OFWs. The department also facilitated several medical repatriations from Australia, Brazil, French Polynesia, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Oman, Spain, and the USA. Total Number of OFWs Estimated at 2.3 Million (Results from the 2017 Survey On Overseas Filipinos) 1–15. [48] This has led to the government reporting a recent increase in women emigrating from the Philippines. Since March 2008, batches of OFWs had arrived from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. [33][34] [35], In 2013, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) estimated that approximately 10.2 million people of Filipino descent lived or worked abroad. [52], As the Philippines among other countries who train and export labor repeatedly has faced failures in protecting labor rights, the deskilling of labor has increased on a global scale. The Middle East comprised the most number of … [38] Production workers and service workers account for more than 80 percent of the labor outflows by 2010 and this number is steadily increasing, along with the trend for professional workers, who are mainly nurses and engineers. [45], The Philippine government has recently opened up their public policy to promote women working abroad since the world's demand for domestic workers and healthcare workers has increased. There is a strong correlation between women's rights and the overall well being of children. There is a 26.6% growth since 2004. [43] In 2012, approximately 80% of the remittances came from only 7 countries—United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Japan. As women are regularly seen as symbols of national pride and dignity, governments tend to have more protective policies in sectors dominated by women. Data from the Department of Labor and Employment showed there are 2,191 OFWs in Iraq, while the Department of Foreign Affairs counted 4,204 Filipinos in … [49][50], According to a statement made in 2009 by John Leonard Monterona, the Middle East coordinator of Migrante, a Manila-based OFW organization, every year, an unknown number of Filipinos in Saudi Arabia were then "victims of sexual abuses, maltreatment, unpaid salaries, and other labor malpractices". Of this number, 77,326 OFWs (32.58%) are sea-based while 160,037 (67.42%) are land-based. On Sunday, DOLE reported that the Middle East region has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases among OFWs at 7,844 as of January 13. Retrieved 2014-05-18. Most of the concern center around three areas, Iran, Lebanon, and Iraq, with many calling for the emergency repatriation of OFWs. [53]  However, some researchers[46] argue that the cultural trends of female migrancy have the potential to destabilize the gender inequality of the Filipino culture. OWWA record shows that there were 25 Ilonggos in Iran and five others in Iraq. 92 or 0.25% from Africa; and More than half of the total number of OFWs worldwide are based in the Middle East, with the majority or more than 500,000 working in Saudi Arabia, more than 300,000 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and more than 100,000 each in Qatar and Kuwait, according to a 2018 survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). 400,000 OFWs repatriated 2,716 or 7.32% from Asia and the Pacific; This brings the total number of repatriated Filipinos to 237,363 since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are the key numbers based on certain categories: According to Major World Group Middle East still holds the higher number of deployed land-based workers with a total of 913,958 or a 3.21 percent change than 2014. [57], Results from a focus group in the Philippines shows that the positive impacts from migration of nurses is attributed to the individual migrant and his/her family, while the negative impacts are attributed to the Filipino healthcare system and society in general. Migrant groups said there are more than 5,000 distressed OFWs different countries in the Middle East, with Kuwait having the highest number of distressed OFWs now housed in POLO-OWWA centers in the Middle East, most of whom are victims of verbal, physical, or sexual abuse. By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO “There's now a combined estimate of at least 12,000 to 14,000 undocumented OFWs in Saudi Arabia, higher than last year's estimate pegged from 8,000 to … A healthcare problem arises as migrating women from the Philippines and other developing countries often create a nursing shortage in the home country. Based on a survey conducted in 2011, the demographics indicate how the 24-29 age group constitutes 24 percent of the total and is followed by the 30-34 age group (23 percent) working abroad. THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is set to start reducing by the first quarter the number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) deployed to the Middle East … Health and computing professionals comprise the remaining S&T OFW populace in UAE. [56], This article is about the Filipino diaspora in general. Of this, 29,676 are in Lebanon — with 11,972 being undocumented. Other occupations that recently has seen an increase in deskilling are doctors, teachers and assembly line workers. [55], To underline what a common problem this deskilling is: Returning migrant workers are calling for returnee integration programs, which suggests that they do not feel prepared to be re-integrated in the domestic workforce. Manila, Philippines — The deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East is seen to decline further in 2019 due to the lower crude prices, a … Overseas Filipinos (Filipino: Pilipino sa Ibayong-dagat) are people of full or partial Filipino origin, i.e. This term generally applies both to people of Filipino ancestry and to citizens abroad. The DFA said that October’s repatriations were marked by several “firsts” — the mass repatriation of more than 500 Agrostudies students from Israel, the safe return of 92 OFWs from Benghazi, Libya, and the first-ever repatriation by sea from Indonesia of 40 Filipino fishermen via the BRP Tubbataha. 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According to POLO Riyadh, there are 23,000 displaced OFWs at present who want to be repatriated. Even though work migration is mainly a low and middle class activity, the high-income households are able to derive a larger share of their income from abroad due to favorable investment policies. Poor working conditions for Filipinos hired abroad include long hours, low wages and few chances to visit family. OFWs aren’t far from this statistic with most of them being young women, between the ages of 20 to 40 years old. 3,187,586 stay permanently, 3,599,257 stay for work contracts, and 1,296,972 stay irregularly (without proper documents), which make a sum of 8,083,815. [41] For instance, it describes the OFWs as the heroes of the nation, encouraging citizens to take pride in these workers. [45] Women facing just working conditions are more likely to provide their children with adequate nutrition, better education and sufficient health. 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According to a recent report about 4,000 OFW working in oil companies lose jobs in the Middle East. 31,849 or 85.86% from the Middle East; In a 2018 report, ILO says that nearly one in five of domestic workers live in the Middle East, and 1.6 million of the world’s total of 3.16 million domestic workers are women. Labor standards vary greatly depending on host country regulations and enforcement. This is why I am seriously considering, if not to suspend, to decrease the number of deployment of domestic helpers, OFWs, and skilled workers especially in the Middle East,” Bello told a media forum in Manila. All of them escaped from their abusive employers. DFA: Number of OFWs with COVID-19 climbs to 594. Employment conditions abroad are relevant to the individual worker and their families as well as for the sending country and its economic growth and well being. Credits: DFA/Facebook Saudi Arabia : 865,121 Coming second as top destination for S&T OFWs is the United Arab Emirates, another country in the Middle East. DOLE Plans to Limit Number of OFWs in Middle East According to data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), of the over 2.1 million Filipinos leaving the Philippines to work in other countries, around half are bound for the … [13] This number constitutes about 11 percent of the total population of the Philippines. Why, despite the burgeoning number of OFWs in the Middle East, the Philippine government maintains a very lean staff there is beyond logic and reason. These stories of OFWs will not stop not unless the Philippine government bans the deployment of their nationals, mostly women, to the Middle East. “Of the number of conflict that arose in Middle East, especially in Syria and Libya, we face the same problem that they (OFWs) refuse (to go home) because it will be a decision that will stop them from working and will earn nothing,” Arroyo said in an interview. Evidence suggests that these women cope with the emotional stress of familial separation in one of two ways: first, in domestic care situations, they substitute their host-family’s children for their own in the love and affection they give, an… It seems inevitable that the healthcare sector loses experienced nurses as the emigration is increasing. The Middle East comprised the most number of repatriates in October with 31,849 or 85.86%. A call for equality.". The Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement is seen as a failure by most since only 7% of applicants or 200 nurses a year has been accepted on average – mainly due to resistance by domestic stakeholders and failed program implementation. [47] Women often face disadvantages in their employment conditions as they tend to work in the elder/child care and domestic. This inequality threatens to halt the economic development as investments are needed in the Philippines and not abroad in order to increase growth and well-being. A strong worldwide demand for healthcare workers causes many Filipinos to emigrate without ever getting hired or become deskilling while possibly raising their salary. [48] Likewise, the “reversal of breadwinning and caregiving roles between migrant wives and left-behind husbands” more often results in tension regarding family finances and the role each spouse should play in decision making. Like Perez and Torres, many OFWs in the Middle East have been aching to go home. The state of the worlds children. MANILA, Philippines - Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) remain safe from the SARS-like virus now spreading in the Middle East, the Department of Labor and Employment said yesterday. [39] Remittances by unofficial, including illegal, channels are estimated by the Asian Bankers Association to be 30 to 40% higher than the official BSP figure. The number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who worked abroad at anytime during the period April to September 2017 was estimated at 2.3 million. The result is a no-win situation for the sending and receiving country. The DFA expects to repatriate more than 107,000 Filipinos by year-end. DOLE Plans to Limit Number of OFWs in Middle East News According to data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), of the over 2.1 million Filipinos leaving the Philippines to work in other countries, around half are bound for the Middle East. The highest recovery among OFWs, DoLE said, is also in Europe and the Americas with 2,372 cases, followed by Asia at 1,165 and Middle East with only 619 reported cases. Other top destinations for S&T OFWs include: Saudi Arabia SEI found that Saudi Arabia, one of the wealthiest nations in the Middle East, employs on average 9,066 OFWs in S&T. Deployment of Land-based OFWs Land-based migrant Filipino workers still hold the highest percentage of OFWs deployed. 2,406 or 6.49% from Europe; Thousands of OFWs working in oil companies, hospital and government controlled firms in the Middle East are losing their jobs. [51][needs update]. The OFW population is consistently increasing through the years and this is partly attributed to the government's encouragement of the outflow of contractual workers as evidenced in policy pronouncements, media campaigns, and other initiatives. Any interesting story to share? [43], In 2019, Overseas Filipinos sent back $32.2 billion to the Philippines. [52] Female OFWs most often occupy domestic positions. The result is a "lose-lose" outcome where Philippine workers fail to leverage their skills and a worldwide shortage persists. 33.4% are unskilled workers, 15.4% are Trades and related workers, 15.1% are plant and machine operators and assemblers. One of the main reasons for the large differences in labor standards is due to the fact that ILO only can register complaints and not impose sanctions on governments. Evidence suggests that in intact, heterosexual families wherein the wife-mother works overseas, Filipino fathers have the potential to take on greater roles in care-giving to their children, though seldom few actually do. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULELTIN) Citing reports from their foreign posts, the Labor department said 520 OFWs have died from COVID-19 in the region. [57], Wealthier households derive a larger share of their income from abroad. Watch Failon Ngayon as we take a look at the situation of stranded OFWs in Middle East.Subscribe to the ABS-CBN News channel! In order to fill the nursing shortage in the Philippines, suggestions have been made by several NGOs that nursing-specializing Filipino workers overseas, locally known as "overseas Filipino workers" (OFWs), return to the country to train local nurses, for which program training would be required in order for the Philippines to make up for all its nurses migrating abroad. Deskilling of labor is especially prevalent among women who often have few and low skill employment options, such as domestic work and child or elder care. Working conditions among Filipinos employed abroad varies depending on whether the host country acknowledges and enforces International labor standards. [2], Since the liberalization of United States immigration laws in 1965, the number of people in the United States having Filipino ancestry has grown substantially. Most of the S&T OFWs that go to UAE are engineers at 45% with nurses placing second at 42%. The Philippine government banned the deployment of domestic workers to Saudi Arabia between 2011 and 2012 due to the rising number of abuse cases. pp. Despite the fact that Japan has an aging population and many Filipinos want to work in Japan, a solution has not yet been found. A correlation between successful contribution to the home country's economy and amounted total savings upon the migrants return has been found, therefore it is important to decrease income inequalities while attracting capital from abroad to the Philippines. Remittances are 9,727,138,000 USD. Moreover, female OFWs were younger compared to male OFWs. 3 airlines to help in repatriation of OFWs in Middle East Rappler.com Published 9:54 AM, January 11, 2020 [42] In 2011, remittances were US$20.117 billion. The ban was lifted after a bilateral agreement on the recruitment of domestic workers was signed between Saudi Arabia and the Philippines on May 2013. Emigration policies tend to differ within countries depending on if the occupation is mainly dominated by men or women. The largest proportion of OFWs belonged to age group 30 to 34 years comprising 22.6 percent of all OFWs, followed by those aged 25 to 29 years with 20.7 percent. This might suggest that government policies in host countries favor capital-intensive activities. Some 2,716 or 7.32% were from Asia and the Pacific; 2,406 or 6.49% from Europe; 92 or 0.25% from Africa; and 32 or 0.09% from the Americas. If consumer spending and investments in real estate and new businesses, the contribution of the overseas Filipino is included, the percentage to the total GNP may amount to 30%. Filipinos make up the fourth-largest group of foreigners in Saudi Arabia, and are the second-largest source of remittances to the Philippines. “The economies of some Middle East countries especially Saudi Arabia is predicted to stay flat with lower crude oil prices and that is bad news for OFWs whose main market is Saudi Arabia,” says Emmanuel Geslani, labour recruitment, and migration consultant. In contrast, Yagi propose more flexible wages to make Filipinos more attractive on the Japanese job market. The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said COVID cases among overseas Filipino workers continue to be recorded daily with the highest number from the Middle East with 6,721 cases. In 2007 there were an estimated 12 million Filipinos living overseas. Rodney Artida April 8, 2020. 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