Reliable figures regarding the number of Filipinos in Israel are hard to come by as beyond those who are legally in Israel with government-issued work permits, there are many who are in the country illegally. It is estimated that there are 100,000 Filipinos in Israel of which 40,000 to 50,000 have legal documents and 30,000 are workers whose permits have expired and stayed on illegally. The Philippine Embassy in Israel estimates that there are approximately 31,000 Filipinos legally working and living in Israel. Most of them live and work in Israel's largest cities, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. There is also a considerable number of Filipinos working in Beersheba, Netanya, Rehovot and Rishon LeZion, but live in Tel Aviv, where they normally spend their weekends.
Filipinos work primarily as caregivers to the elderly.
Recent plans to attempt to deport large numbers of Filipinos and other immigrant workers from Israel who are in the country illegally have caused concern among the Filipino community. Many children of Filipino workers were born in Israel, and face deportation.
1 Druze have a status aparte from Arabs in Israel, being designated as a separate ethno-religious community. 2 Maronites and Syriac Christians are eligible to be registered as "Arameans" since October 2014.