Filipinos in Malaysia
|Regions with significant populations|
|Sabah, Greater Kuala Lumpur, Johor|
|Tausug, Chavacano, Yakan, Iranun, Maranao, Maguindanao, Sama-Bajaw languages, Filipino, English, Malay|
|Islam and Christianity|
|Related ethnic groups|
The Filipino Malaysians consists of people of full or partial Filipino descent who were born in or immigrated to Malaysia. Filipino 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 mainly from the Mindanao islands have migrated to the Malaysian state of Sabah to escape from the war in the Southern Philippines, poverty and in search for better lives. 325,089 Filipinos live in Malaysia. Many of them are illegal residents while there are a smaller number of migrant workers and fewer permanent residents.
Most of the Filipinos especially the Bajau had lived around the state of Sabah even since before the colonial period, while the Suluk had lived on the eastern part of Sabah from Kudat to Tawau as these areas was once under the influence of the Sultanate of Sulu. Other Filipinos Kababayan such as Ilonggo, Waray, Zamboangueño (living in Semporna since prior to the creation of Malaysia), Tagalog, Cebuano and Bicolanos then come to North Borneo (present-day Sabah) in 1920s and 1930s to work under the British government and various private companies. A large number of the Filipinos in Malaysia are Moros.
In December 2011, an estimated 325,089 Filipinos lived legally in Malaysia. By 2011, 55,828 Filipinos were recorded working on contracts in Malaysia. A majority of these workers come from the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, Palawan, Tawi-Tawi, and Zamboanga Peninsula. There are at least 25 Filipino community organisations in Malaysia.
Illegal immigration and crime issues
The majority of undocumented Filipinos live in the Malaysian state of Sabah, where most of them comes from Mindanao islands and frequently became the subject of repatriation by the Malaysian government until present. In 2002, during the first major crackdown on illegal immigration, around 64,000 Filipinos were deported. Every year, between 4,000 and 6,000 Filipinos are deported each year for immigration offences, and the Filipino government says that there is a high estimates of Filipinos currently been detained in various immigration centres of Malaysia awaiting for deportation. Some of those including children who were even younger than 19. Many of those deported were mainly due to overstaying and involved in criminal activities with around 78% prison inmates in Sabah are Filipinos, which also constitute the highest in the state than any other nationalities. Since the attack by Kiram's in 2013, more Filipinos in the state facing an increase on discrimination and became the possible target for retaliation especially from the local Borneo tribes due to the killing of Malaysian police who mainly comprising the indigenous Borneo races.
Almost all figures in the list of the notable people Filipino descent in Malaysia are of mixed descent, particularly with the natives of Sabah. Mixed-marriage is a pattern which is shared with most of Filipino descent in Malaysia (excluding to the recently arrived migrants), after settling in the Malaysian soil after generations, assimilation process and the common Islamic background.
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