Originally Posted by LabelKing
Whenever I look at Hong Kong and Taiwanese magazines, they always feature large ads for Filipino maid services, complete with a rather dour woman in a maid's uniform.
"An Overseas Filipino is a person of Philippine origin who lives and works outside the Philippines. The poor performance of the Philippine economy over recent decades, combined with a widespread knowledge of English, a legacy of the Philippines' position as a former United States colony, have made Filipinos one of the most internationally mobile nationalities. Often works overseas will support extended families back in the Philippines. As a result, many countries around the world have a substantial Filipino community.
Population and Diaspora
There are more than 8.7 million overseas Filipinos worldwide, about 10% of the total population of the Philippines. However, the number may be higher due to a large rate of illegal Filipino migrants who overstayed or carry a lapsed visa. The population could be projected to be at 11 million.
Each year, the Philippines sends out more than a million of its nationals to work abroad. They are typically employed as doctors, accountants, housekeepers, nurses, engineers and domestic helpers.
The Filipino diaspora is the third largest in terms of population. The Chinese is the largest, with about 35 million followed by the Indian diaspora at 22 million."