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Filipinos in Israel

Updated: 2017-07-07T08:03Z
Filipinos in Israel
English, Hebrew, Tagalog, Cebuano, other languages of the Philippines
Christianity (predominantly Roman Catholicism), Islam (predominantly Sunni), Judaism
Related ethnic groups
Filipino people, Overseas Filipinos

Filipinos in Israel constitute one of the largest groups of immigrant workers in Israel. Israel is home to a population of 300,000 foreign workers.[1]


Reliable figures regarding the number of Filipinos in Israel are hard to come by as beyond those who are legally in Israel with government-issued work permits, there are many who are in the country illegally. It is estimated that there are 100,000 Filipinos in Israel of which 40,000 to 50,000 have legal documents and 30,000 are workers whose permits have expired and stayed on illegally[citation needed]. The Philippine Embassy in Israel estimates that there are approximately 31,000 Filipinos legally working and living in Israel. Most of them live and work in Israel's largest cities, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. There is also a considerable number of Filipinos working in Beersheba, Netanya, Rehovot and Rishon LeZion, but live in Tel Aviv, where they normally spend their weekends.[2]

Filipinos work primarily as caregivers to the elderly.[3]

Recent plans to attempt to deport large numbers of Filipinos and other immigrant workers from Israel who are in the country illegally[4] have caused concern among the Filipino community. Many children of Filipino workers were born in Israel, and face deportation.[5] In 2006, about 900 Filipino children were granted permanent residency in Israel, with that status to be extended to their parents and other family members once the children completed their military service.[6]

Notable people


  1. ^ Goldstein, Evan R. (January 25, 2009). "Does Israel Have an Immigrant Problem?". Foreign Policy. 
  2. ^ "Profile of the Filipino Community in Israel". 
  3. ^ Cahiles-Magkilat, Bernie (November 14, 2011). "Israel needs more Filipino caregivers". Manila Bulletin. 
  4. ^ Felter, Nurit (April 12, 2009). "Steinitz: Deport 100,000 illegal workers". Ynet. 
  5. ^ Weiler-Polak, Dana (October 13, 2009). "Foreign workers' children likely to be deported after school year". Haaretz. 
  6. ^ a b "Young Filipinos integrating into Israeli society, but not without difficulties". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2017-03-14. 

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