Filipinos in Pakistan

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Filipinos in Pakistan
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore
Tagalog, English, other languages of the Philippines, Urdu
Christianity, Islam
Related ethnic groups
Filipino people, Overseas Filipinos

Filipinos in Pakistan (Urdu: فَلپائنی‎) consist of migrants from the Philippines. In 2008, an estimated 3,000 work as domestic workers,[1] according to the statistics of the Philippine government. Many Filipino women came to Pakistan for work and those who later got married to Pakistani men are now holding Pakistani citizenship.[2] Pakistan comparatively has experience good immigration rate from Philippines despite of security issues. In Pakistan, it has become a status symbol for rich Pakistanis to have a Filipina maid.

Migration history[edit]

Many Filipino people entered Pakistan's commercial center Karachi illegally with fake passports and false identity cards as early in 1990s along with hundreds of Nepali, Bengals, Sri Lankans and Indians[3] however later deported. As of April 2010, there are 546 registered Filipino living in Pakistan who were eligible to vote in 2010 Philippine presidential election as per Philippines Foreign Affairs ministry.[4]


Many Filipinos in Pakistan are domestic workers, including the housemaids of high government officials and rich Pakistanis. There are some three Filipino maids at house of former Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and many Filipinos working as chefs in Japanese restaurants in Karachi[2] and Islamabad. A small number of Filipinos studying Islam in the country is reported by the Philippines Embassy in Islamabad[5] while thousands of Muslim students from various Southeast Asian countries including Philippines illegally studying in the Pakistani Madrasahs. Some Filipinos are also nurses in Pakistan.

Relations with Pakistani society[edit]

In 2007, following a state of emergency declared by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, about 200 Filipinos gathered in Islamabad on the advice of Ambassador Jimmy Yambao to call for protest.[6] However, there have no direct threats to safety of Filipinos in Pakistan reported.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Philippines monitors condition of Filipino workers in Pakistan". M&C. Nov 5, 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "New Pakistan PM getting Filipino helpers". Islamabad, Pakistan: BusinessMirror. May 9, 2008. Archived from the original on November 23, 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2009.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  3. ^ Owais Tohid, Arshad Mahmud (November 1995). "Homeless In Karachi". Outlook India. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Philippine Embassy in Islamabad Begins Overseas Absentee Polls". MoFA. April 10, 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Dante (June 6, 2008). "Why Pakistan matters to the Philippines". 
  6. ^ "Arroyo orders tight security for Filipinos in Pakistan". Agence France-Presse. Retrieved 19 December 2009.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  7. ^ "No direct threats to Pinoys in Pakistan, DFA assures". 

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