Filipinos in Malaysia

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Filipinos in Malaysia
Total population
245,000–636,544[1][2]
Regions with significant populations
Sabah, Greater Kuala Lumpur
Languages
Bajau, Tausug, Bangsamoro languages, Visayan, Tagalog, Chavacano, other languages of the Philippines, English, Malay
Religion
Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, others
Related ethnic groups
Moro people, Filipino people, Overseas Filipinos

Filipinos in Malaysia comprise migrants and residents from the Philippines and their descendants living in Malaysia. Because of the short distance between the two nations, many Filipinos have emigrated there. Between 245,000 and 637,000 Filipinos live in Malaysia.[1][2] Many of them are illegal residents while there are a smaller number of migrant workers and fewer permanent residents.[1]

Illegal immigration issues[edit]

The majority of undocumented Filipinos live in Sabah,[3] and were subject to illegal immigration crackdowns by the Malaysian government in the region during 2002, 2005 and 2008.[4][5][6] In 2002, during the first major crackdown on illegal immigration, and 64,000 Filipinos were deported.[7] Every year, between 4,000 and 6,000 Filipinos are deported each year for immigration offenses,[8] and the Filipino government says that there are roughly 3,000 Filipinos currently detained in immigration centers awaiting deportation.[6] 300 Filipinos were deported as recently as 16 February 2009, 31 of which were children and 116 others were younger than 19.[9]

Filipino workers[edit]

In December 2011, an estimated 325,089 Filipinos lived legally in Malaysia.[10] By 2011, 55,828 Filipinos were working on contracts in Malaysia, Only 3,720 were not properly documented, were overstaying in Malaysia or had no valid residence or work permit. Sources: Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Commission on Filipinos Overseas.[11] Filipinos in Malaysia work in the banking,[2] construction,[2] engineering,[2] medical,[2] and tourism[2] sectors, as well as being employed as domestic workers.[2] About 4,000 Filipinos are in professional positions,[12] and 20,000 Filipino women are employed in Malaysia as maids.[13]

A majority of Filipinos in Sabah come from Basilan, Sulu, Palawan, Tawi-Tawi, and the Zamboanga Peninsula.[9][14] There are at least 25 Filipino community organisations in Malaysia.[15]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Uy, Vernoica (6 February 2009). "No foreign workers' layoffs in Malaysia". Global Enquirer. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Filipino workers in Malaysia". The Non-Aligned Movement. Philippines: Office of the Press Secretary. 2003. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  3. ^ "Undocumented Filipino migrants in Malaysia to be assisted". DOLE News. 1 February 2005. Retrieved 2009-02-16. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Malaysia probes migrant rape claim". BBC. 5 September 2002. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  5. ^ Jacinto, Al (20 September 2007). "84 Filipinos Detained in Sabah". Arab News. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  6. ^ a b Fernandez, Joe (28 October 2008). "Suhakam faults Manila for Filipino woes in Sabah". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 2009-02-17. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Filipino's working abroad". Hogeschool Utecht. 2002. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  8. ^ Jacinto, Al (17 October 2005). "330 Filipinos home after being deported from Sabah". Manila Times. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  9. ^ a b "300 illegal Pinoys deported from Malaysia". ABS-CBN News. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  10. ^ Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Commission on Filipinos Overseas
  11. ^ Hunt, Luke (27 November 2008). "Malaysia's Deportation of Filipino Refugees Raises Concerns". World Politics Review. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  12. ^ Uy, Veronica (26 January 2009). "Bailout for Filipino workers pushed". Asia News Network. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  13. ^ Krishnamoorthy, M. (12 October 2006). "Filipino maids to cost double at Malaysia.". thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  14. ^ ""Home is where greener pasture is," DSWD tells illegal Filipinos in Sabah". Philippine Information Agency. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  15. ^ "Useful Information for Filipinos in Malaysia". phil.embassy.kl. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-16.