In the Know: Filipinos in Sabah

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MANILA, Philippines—According to the latest figures from the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, there are nearly 570,000 Filipinos in Malaysia as of 2011, including some 447,000 who are “not properly documented or without valid residence or work permits.”

On Sunday, nearly 300 undocumented Filipinos arrived in Zamboanga City from Sabah after they were deported.

Last year, more than 7,500 Filipinos were deported, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Western Mindanao Processing Center for Displaced Persons. Most of those deported were men working in oil palm plantations in Malaysia. Some 160 children of illegal workers in Sabah were also deported in the last quarter of 2012.

In January this year, a Royal Commission Inquiry on illegal immigrants said more than 446,000 immigrants have been deported from Sabah since 1990, according to an article posted on the Malaysian Insider website. A 2007 census showed some 60,000 Filipino refugees in Kota Kinabalu, the same article said.

The same article also quoted an official of the Office of Internal Affairs and Research in the Chief Minister’s Department saying there were more than 33,000 Filipino refugees without documents in Sabah in 2010.

In a January 2009 release, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration said some 5,000 Filipino deportees had already returned to the country as a result of Malaysia’s continuing crackdown against illegal foreign workers. At the time, officials estimated there were about 3,000 Filipinos detained in Sandakan and awaiting deportation.

Source: Inquirer Archives, themalaysianinsider.com, immigration.gov.ph, cfo.gov.ph

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jakecleff.gacho Jake Cleff Miano Gacho

    Why call them illegal when we own Sabbah? It must be a big insult to us.

    • Daimler Altschuh

      You can’t even spell Sabah.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    WHY THEY ILLEGAL SABAH IS OURS MALAYSIA IS TERRORIST GET OUT TO OUR LAND 

    • Daimler Altschuh

      Didn’t have any schooling in the Philippines?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    UGLY MALAYSIANS GET OUT TO OUR LAND OR YOU FACE OF DEATH!

    • Daimler Altschuh

      You sound like jamalul kiram before the Malaysian security forces pound his puny “army” .

  • jseesus

    FIGHT TO THE LAST MAN… AN EYE FOR AN EYE.. NO SURRENDER.. THE HOLY LAND FOR THE TAUSUG IS SABAH… SABAH WILL BE A PART OF THE FEDERATION OF THE PHILIPPINES.. UNDER THE PROTECTION OF AUTONOMOUS MINDANAO.

    • Daimler Altschuh

      Yeah, they, the terrorists sent by jamalul, are fighting to the last man in Sabah right now alright, slaughtered like pigs and the carcasses rotting in the plantations in Sabah.

  • Daimler Altschuh

    Prepare for a tsunami of filipino illegal migrants to be deported from Sabah, hitting the shores of Mindanao, thanks to the irresponsible actions of jamalul kiram.

  • Daimler Altschuh

    You pinoys in Sulu and Mindanao, quit making empty noises here, and get busy preparing the coffins to bury the rotting carcasses of Karim’s “fighters” when they arrive . And get your wallets out to give donations to the hungry jobless and homeless refugees who are already starting to arrive at your shores. Have a heart and take care of them.

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