Did you know? According to data obtained by CFO, there were around 2.5 million Filipino immigrants worldwide from 1981 to 2018, with Australia fourth in line among the top countries of destination after the USA, Canada, and Japan. Almost six percent were en route to Australia.

For seven years since 1981, an average of 3,200 Filipino emigrants left for Australia yearly. This fairly constant pattern had a sudden spike in 1988 when the CFO recorded the highest number of Filipino emigrants bound for Australia in a year at 9,319. It is worth noting that events leading up to this year marked some significant political conflicts in Philippine history, including terrorist attacks orchestrated by Islamic extremists and communist insurgents, as well as the January and August 1987 coup attempts against former President Corazon Aquino.

In 1989, the number of Australia-bound Filipino emigrants started to decline gradually until the year 2001. Around this period, the Philippine government and the Moro National Liberation Front signed a ceasefire agreement to end guerilla warfare.

Starting in 2002, the number of Filipino emigrants bound for Australia began to rise steadily amidst economic challenges and natural disasters that severely hit the country.

Reference data covers 1981-2018.