MANILA (Apr 4) — Over the years, the number of Filipinos immigrating to the United States has been declining, an annual report from the US Homeland Security Office of Immigration Statistics said.
According to the Annual Flow Report of the Office of Immigration Statistics, during a three-year period, there were 54,030 Filipinos who became legal permanent residents (LPR) in 2008; 72,596 in 2007; and 74,606 in 2006. These represent 4.9 percent in 2008, 6.9 percent in 2007 and 5.9 percent in 2006 of the overall population of immigrants in the U.S.
In 2008, Mexico, at 17 percent, led the number of LPRs. This was followed by China (7.3 percent), India (5.7 percent), the Philippines (4.9 percent), Chuba (4.5 percent), the Dominican Republic (2.9 percent), Vietnam (2.8 percent), Colombia (2.7 percent), Korea (2.4 percent), and Haiti (2.3 percent).
According to a previous US Homeland Security report, the Philippines was the fourth country from which the most number of illegal immigrants in the US come from – indicating an annual average increase of 10,000.
In 2007, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas said that 2,802,586 Filipinos worked and resided in the US – 155,843 of whom were reportedly undocumented.