Registered overseas Filipino workers swell to 6.3 million

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The latest tally of the foreign affairs department showed the number of registered overseas Filipino workers or OFWs reached 6.3 million up from the 2.2 million registered OFWs in 2011. In its December 2012 tally, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas said the number of Filipinos abroad reaches more than 10 million — including undocumented Filipinos and permanent residents. In June 2013, the International Organization for Migration said the number of OFWs has been constantly increasing. Over 67% of OFWs head for countries in the Middle East. OFWs have been a key driver of the Philippines’ economic growth, with their  remittances accounting for around 10% of the country’s gross domestic product.

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