7% of Filipinos currently looking for work abroad: SWS

2023 April 20

Overseas Filipino workers

MANILA – The Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Thursday released the results of its recent survey showing that 7 percent of adult Filipinos are currently looking for work abroad.

The poll, conducted from December 10 to 14 last year, also found that nearly 2 out of 10 adult Filipinos, or about 17 percent, aspire to live abroad.

The SWS noted that Canada (16 percent) is picked by the respondents as the top country for work abroad, followed by Saudi Arabia (12 percent), Kuwait (9 percent), United Arab Emirates (9 percent), Japan (7 percent), Qatar (6 percent), and United States of America (6 percent).

The survey also showed that 7 percent of Filipino households have a family member working overseas.

It said 75 percent of the households with an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) currently abroad claimed they would “often” receive money from their OFW family members, 17 percent said they “sometimes” receive money, 5 percent said “seldom”, and 3 percent said they “never” received remittances.

The poll interviewed 1,200 Filipino adults nationwide with a margin of error of ± 2.8 percent.

Filane Mikee Cervantes