Labour migration in the Philippines

Filipinos leaving the Philippines to work overseas with higher pay (@ILO/J. De Guia).

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Globally, more people than ever seek better lives outside their home countries. There are 10 million Filipinos live abroad and more than 1 million Filipino leave the country each year to work abroad. Remittances to the Philippines from around the world continue to grow.

Labour migration is a national thrust for economic growth and other countries see the Philippines as a model in regulating migration. On the other hand, some migrant workers are forced into work against their will. They are deceived about the nature of work and receive wages that are less than what is promised. Migrant workers can be victims of forced labour and human trafficking.

In 2005, tripartite experts formulated and adopted the ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration: non-binding principles and guidelines for a rights-based approach to labour migration. The Framework assists ILO partners to manage international and national labour migration. It addresses major issues faced by policy-makers and provides guidelines and principles on labour migration.

For further information please contact:

Ms Ruth Georget
Programme Officer
ILO Country Office for the Philippines (CO-Manila)
19th Floor, Yuchengco Tower
RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue
1200 Makati City, Philippines

Tel: +63 2 5809900 or 580 9903
Email