INFOGRAPHIC: Getting to know the OFWs

Ana P. Santos
Who are the OFWs? Where do they come from?

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines began its labor migration policy in the 70’s to address the problem of unemployment brought about the oil crisis.  It was only meant to be a temporary solution.  

More than 40 years later and just about every Filipino has a family member who is an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). Studies also show that OFWs are spread out all over the world

Rappler takes a snapshot of the OFW, hailed as today’s bagong bayani through this infographic. Mouse over the dots to zoom in on deployment and remittance numbers.


This infographic is part of the series “Who Takes Care of Nanny’s Children?”, a multi-media reporting project that follows the path of feminized migration starting from areas in the Philippine where most OFW families live to Dubai, UAE and Paris, France.

This project is supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C. under the Persephone Miel Fellowship. 

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