Filipino Community in Greece – Cyprus

Filipinos in Greece

According to the Greek National Statistical Service, there were 6,465 Filipinos in Greece as of 1 January 2006. Of these, 5,616 were holders of valid residence permits and 5,115 were IKA (Greek social security) members.  In addition, there are an estimated 40,000 Filipino seafarers on board Greek-owned or managed ships.

Land based

Of the land-based Filipinos, 5,046 (78.1%) were female. Filipinos are among the most highly educated foreign workers in Greece . Almost two-thirds (63.7%) are university or college graduates, including 0.4% with masteral or doctorate degrees. About 13.35% more – that adds up to more than 77% in all – have completed high school some of whom may have some college education. Of Filipinos working in Greece, 2.2% are in industry, 1.1% in agriculture, 0.7% in construction, 8.3% in trade and tourism, and the rest (87.7%) in other occupations (household service, etc.) Of the Filipinos holding residence permits, 4,007 (71.3% of 5,616) reside in Athens.

Many Filipino workers may have entered and worked in Greece – mostly as domestic helpers. In the 1998 Greek legalization program, 5,383 Filipinos applied for and obtained residence permits to shed off their irregular status. (The program was renewed in 2001 and 2004, but with fewer applicants). At the end of 2006, there were 5,616 Filipino holders of valid permits – an increase of 233 over eight years (since 1998) or about 29 a year which is slightly higher than the number of contracts processed yearly at the POEA. This indicates that the number of Filipinos with regular status has not increased significantly over the years. They constituted 0.93% of the foreigners’ population (predominantly European) in Greece, though still the largest from East and Southeast Asia , and 11th among all foreign nationals. Their legal status enabled the Filipinos to visit the home country. From 1998 to 2007 there were 16,851 OECs (known as “exit pass”) issued, an average of 1,685 a year. (This means the average Filipino goes on vacation once every three or four years).

Some Filipino Organizations in Greece. For more information, visit the website

Per Embassy letter dated 14 March 2013 requesting all Filipino organzations to provide the Embassy with updated information of their organization, the following Filcom organizations has provided updates to the Embassy:

ASSOCIATIONS BASED IN ATHENS

GUARDIANS NATIONALIST OF THE PHILIPPINES (GANAP/GUARDAINS), INC.
Chairman                      :           MR. GARY DEVERATURDA

ACCREDITED COMMUNITY PARTNERS (ACP)
Contact person             :           MS. BELLA BACASEN

BAGONG KAPWA KO PILIPINO SA ATHENS ORGANIZATION
President                      :           MRS. NATIVIDAD TIONGSON

BENGUET, IFUGAO, MT. PROVINCE, APAYAO, KALINGA (BIMAK HELLAS)
President                      :           MS. ALICE CHO-OY

BICOL SARO (WITH NEW HORIZON)
President                      :           MS. FRANCIS ASOR

CORDILLERA CULTURAL MINORITIES
President                      :           MR.MARINO BANATAO

CULTURAL & EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE NATIONALS OF THE PHILIPPINES IN GREECE
Vice President               :           MS. ISIDRA LOPEZ

1 Comment on Filipino Community in Greece – Cyprus

  1. Nympha P. Rodriguez // September 24, 2014 at 1:33 am // Reply

    Hi Kababayans!
    I am so happy of knowing that you are all in good hands in Cyprus.
    God bless you !

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