International Migration

International migration in Asia-Pacific is on the rise, with 59 million documented migrants in 2013 (one in four of the world’s migrants) and a high number of non-recorded migrants. More than 3 million people in the Asia-Pacific region leave their countries every year to work abroad.  Whether undertaken for work, study or marriage, migration has major social and economic impacts on the region, both positive and negative.

Factsheets and Statistics

Database on annual migrant worker outflows

In 2013, more than 1.2 million migrant workers left the Philippines to work in various countries – about one third of them to work in Saudi Arabia, about one fifth in the United Arab Emirates and about 15 per cent in Singapore. Singapore is becoming an increasingly important destination for migrant workers from the Philippines, but also from Bangladesh and Thailand.