Protecting Filipino Overseas Migrant Workers

  • Jorge V. TignoEmail author


The Philippines has a large, diverse, and highly trained workforce. Yet a high proportion of skilled Filipinos leave their home country, seeking opportunities in other countries. The Philippines has become one of the top exporters of labor in the world. Common destination countries are in the Middle East and East Asia regions. Filipinos tend to migrate to other countries due to the prospect of higher salaries than in the Philippines, enabling a means of family advancement by sending remittances back home. Remittances now compete with overseas aid in terms of financial inflow to a country. However, overseas workers are highly vulnerable to exploitation by their employers and can often face mental, physical, and sexual abuse. In response to this issue, the government of the Philippines developed national agencies and a multitude of programs designed to protect overseas Filipino workers from exploitation, including legal protection and advocacy. Although imperfect, the Philippines is recognized as a pioneer in the development of policies to protect the welfare of its workforce abroad.


Remittances Overseas employment Migration crisis Philippines Rights-based Migrants Workers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of the Philippines–DilimanQuezon CityPhilippines

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