Filipinos in Germany

As of December 2015, 21,007 Filipino citizens are living in Germany. Many of them came to Germany years ago to work as nurses or as seamen on German ships. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), mainly those working on German registered ships, sent back a total of 622,544,000 USD in remittances to the Philippines in 2013 (2.74% of the total remittances).

Filipinos are well-integrated into German society, and many have become German citizens. In 2015, 605 Filipino citizens acquired German citizenship through naturalization.

There are various Filipino associations and cultural events in Germany, present especially in bigger cities. The Filipino community has also initiated several cultural activities in Germany; among them, culinary lessons which give Germans an insight into Filipino food, as well as a film festival called "The First Reel" featuring the best of Philippine cinema, among others.

Source: Federal Statistics Office; BSP; Philippine Embassy in Berlin

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Rizal in Germany

Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal is probably one of the most well-known Filipinos who lived in Germany. Born in 1861 he arrived in Heidelberg in February 1886 after he had studied medicine in Spain. Rizal spent a significant part of his life studying Ophthalmology in the town of Heidelberg and Wilhelmsfeld.

Philippine Embassy in Germany

More information on Philippine cultural life in Germany can be found on the webpage of the Philippine Embassy in Berlin.

Filipinos in Germany

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