Filipinos in Singapore

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Filipinos in Singapore
Total population
163,090 (2009)[1] (pop)
Tagalog, other Philippine languages, English
Roman Catholicism · Protestantism · Islam
Related ethnic groups
Filipino people, Overseas Filipinos

Filipinos in Singapore consist of citizens from the Philippines residing in Singapore, and sometimes, it is also used to refer to Singaporean citizens born in the Philippines or with Filipino ancestors.


In 2004 most Filipinos in Singapore were domestic workers.[2]

As of 2009, there were 163,090 citizens of the Philippines living in Singapore.[1] Between 2010 and 2012, about 45,450 Filipinos were newly hired into Singapore.[1]

The number of Singaporean citizens of Filipino origin is difficult to determine, since they are officially counted as members of the "Others" race by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.[3]

As of 2007, an estimated 80,000 work as domestic helpers, with another 12,000 in the information technology industry.[4] This marks a slight rise from 1995, when roughly 75,000 domestic helpers from the Philippines were estimated to be working in Singapore.[5] In recent years they have seen professional diversification, with others working as nurses, bank clerks, sales assistants in department stores, or entertainers.[6][7] However, of those, only 27,000 were registered to vote in Filipino elections.[8]

The number of Filipino victims of human trafficking jumped by 70% in 2007 to 212 cases.[9]

Aside from residents, roughly 460,000 Filipino tourists came to Singapore in 2008.[7]

By 2014, over 170,000 Filipinos resided in Singapore. Many worked in professional positions and Singaporeans perceived them as competitors for employment. That year, a Google Blogger account appeared, giving suggestions on how to harass Filipinos in Singapore. This account was deleted by Google.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c OFW Statistics, Philippines: Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, 8 February 2013, retrieved 2014-04-28 
  2. ^ a b "Google removes Singapore hate blog against Filipinos" (Archive). Agence France Presse. June 20, 2014. Retrieved on June 22, 2014.
  3. ^ Response To "What About Malay Migrants", Singapore: Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, retrieved 2014-04-28 
  4. ^ Background of Singapore and Profile of Singaporean President S.R. Nathan, News (Philippines: Office of the Press Secretary), 2007, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  5. ^ Shenon, Philip (1995-03-19), Ramos calls the Filipino Maid Executed in Singapore a Heroine, The New York Times, retrieved 2009-07-27 
  6. ^ Certeza, Dodo (2008-11-18), The changing face of Filipinos in Singapore, The Philippine Star, retrieved 2009-07-27 
  7. ^ a b Bauzon, Bernice Camille V. (2009-01-16), OFW jobs in Singapore not in peril, The Manila Times, retrieved 2007-07-27 
  8. ^ Filipinos in Singapore to test online voting, The Age (Australia), 2007-02-22, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  9. ^ Caber, Michael (2008-02-05), Trafficking in Filipinos worsens in Singapore, Manila Standard Today, retrieved 2008-04-11