Greece–Philippines relations

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Greece–Philippines relations
Map indicating locations of Greece and Philippines



Greece and the Philippines established its bilateral, diplomatic and trade relation in 1947. Greece has an embassy in Manila and the Philippines has an embassy in Athens.

Economic relations[edit]

The Greek city of Thessaloniki are open to enhancing business ties with the Philippines. Thessaloniki located in northern Greece, is the country’s second major economic, industrial, commercial and political center, and a major transportation hub for the rest of southeastern Europe.[1]


According to official Greek statistics, there were 5,000 Filipinos in Greece in 1991, which declined to 2,000 by 1996. In reality, there were many more working in the country illegally.[2][3] The Philippine community have set up a school for their children in downtown Athens.[4]

A large proportion are women (81% in 1999), who generally find employment as domestic workers.[5]

In 2009 there were 30,000 Filipinos in Greece.[6]


  1. ^ "Greece local execs open to enhancing business ties with PH". Inquirer Business. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Iosifides & King 1999, p. 193
  3. ^ "Imson urges Greece-based OFWs to take advantage of new legalization rules", DOLE News, 2004-06-13, retrieved 2009-10-23 
  4. ^ Cañete 2004, p. 135
  5. ^ Iosifides & King 1999, p. 194
  6. ^ Filipino Community, Philippine Embassy in Athens, Greece and Cyprus, retrieved 2009-10-13