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Top 10 european country with overseas filipino workers

Requested from CFO by Annabelle Fincale at 11:47 AM on Mar 13, 2019.
Purpose: Research
Date of Coverage: 12/31/2018 - 12/31/2018
Tracking no: #CFO-860586864111

Annabelle 11:47 AM, Mar 13, 2019

I would like to request statistics of OFWs in top 10 countries in Europe

Elfred 10:17 AM, Mar 14, 2019

March 14, 2019

Dear Annabelle,

Thank you for your request dated Mar 13, 2019 under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch, for Top 10 european country with overseas filipino workers.

We received your request on Mar 13, 2019 and will respond on or before Apr 03, 2019 11:47:29 AM, in accordance with the Executive Order's implementing rules and regulations.

Should you have any questions regarding your request, kindly contact me using the reply function on the eFOI portal at, for request with ticket number #CFO-860586864111.

Thank you.


Elfred del Rosario
FOI Receiving Officer

Undersecretary Astravel 05:34 PM, Mar 14, 2019

Dear Ms. Fincale,
Greetings from the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)!
Thank you for your inquiry regarding the number of overseas Filipinos in Europe.
As the CFO’s primary clientele are the emigrants who will permanently live in other countries, we are pleased to provide you with a link to statistics of CFO-registered emigrants in Europe. These numbers include annual statistics on Filipinos who underwent the CFO’s mandatory Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) for emigrants, or Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP) for spouses or partners of foreign nationals prior to their departure.
We are also pleased to share with you the link to the CFO’s Compendium of Statistics on International Migration which features the yearly stock estimates of overseas Filipinos, the number of registered Filipino emigrants, spouses and partners of foreign nationals, US Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) participants, Au Pairs, and data on financial and material contributions of overseas Filipinos to the Philippines coursed through the CFO's Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LINKAPIL) program.
The primary sources for the stock estimate are the registration data of emigrants and other clientele of the CFO (for permanent migrants), overseas employment data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (for temporary migrants), and consolidated reports (including irregular migrants) from the more than eighty Foreign Service posts of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
However, temporary migrants, or overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), are not required to register with the CFO before their departure from the Philippines. They are instead required to register with and obtain their Overseas Employment Certificates (OECs) from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). The link below that contains information about OFWs and other professions by skill and by country might help you:
For questions or clarifications, you may contact Mr. Elfred del Rosario of the Policy, Planning and Research Division at 552-4763 or through email

To further improve our services, may we also kindly request for your feedback though this link: (Policy, Planning and Research Division Client Satisfaction Form). The form is brief and will only take a minute to complete.

Thank you and best regards.
Very truly yours,
Policy, Planning and Research Division


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