Filipinos in Germany

As of December 2009, there were 19,000 Filipino citizens 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 433,000,000 USD in remittances to the Philippines in 2009.

A large share of Filipinos in Germany are married to a German. In December 2009 this proportion stood at 45%. In the same period, 82% of the Filipino community in Germany was female. Filipinos are spread relatively evenly across the population centres of Germany.

In general, Filipinos are very well integrated into German society and many have become German citizens. Each year, about 750 Filipino citizens acquire German citizenship through naturalisation, a large proportion of these are women.

Source: Federal Statistics Office

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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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