The Philippines has a long history of migration dating back to the 14th century. Today, more than a hundred countries serve as a new home for Filipino emigrants.

Data obtained by the CFO since 1981 show that more than half of the total number of Filipino emigrants are bound to the United States of America at 60%. This may be due to the popular notion in the 20th century that international migration meant moving to the United States and its Pacific territories. The next most popular countries of destination among Filipino emigrants after USA are Canada at 20.12%, Japan at 6.21% and Australia at 5.9%, followed by Italy, New Zealand, UK, Germany, South Korea and Spain.