If you are from the Philippines, there may be several ways for you to work in Germany. We explain how working and immigrating to Germany as Filipino works.
Filipinos in Germany
Many Filipinos have immigrated to Germany not only in recent years, but already in the 1960s. Here, a large number of nurses came from the Philippines for employment in German hospitals.
Currently, there are about 20,000 Filipino nationals living in Germany. Filipinos living in Germany are mainly employed in the medical field or are seafarers on ships registered in Germany. Most of the Filipinos in Germany are women: over 80 percent. Over 750 Filipinos, mostly women, are naturalized in Germany each year.
Most Filipinos in Germany live in the western states, especially:
- North Rhine-Westphalia
- Lower Saxony
But a larger group of Filipinos can also be found in the Berlin-Brandenburg area.
This means that you can meet compatriots in very many large cities in Germany. This makes your life easier and can help you maintain your ties to your home country.
Life for Filipinos in Germany
Filipinos encounter an open society in Germany that offers many job opportunities. Germany also offers:
- a high level of internal security
- excellent educational opportunities
- a strong social safety net
- a world-leading healthcare system.
In Germany, as a Filipino, you will also find many institutions of your compatriots: there are more than one hundred organizations that specifically address the needs of Filipinos in Germany. Among the activities are:
- Communal cooking events
- Karaoke contests
- Church-based volunteer work
- Language classes
- Youth exchange programs.
On the pages of the Goethe-Institut you will find some further information on this topic.
Germany and the Philippines
How long does a flight between Germany and the Philippines take?
A flight between Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and Manila (Philippines) takes between about between 16 to 20 hours.
How much does a flight between Germany and the Philippines cost?
A flight between Germany and the Philippines costs about between 700 to 1,200 euros (outbound and return together). If you book early and if you accept transfers, you can also come to a price of less than 500 euros.
Immigrating to Germany as Filipino: Why Germany?
Germany and the Philippines are very similar in many ways. Not only are the majority of people in the Philippines and Germany Christian. Also, both countries are similar in size in terms of area and population. Also, the unemployment rate is similar.
Significantly different, however, is the earnings, economic development, and level of human development:
Germany and the Philippines compared
|Gross Domestic Product per Capita in PPP||54. 076 USD (17th)||9,175 USD (122nd)|
|Population in millions||83 million||110 million|
|Unemployment rate||5. 3%||5.4%|
|Area||358,000 km2||343,000 km2|
|Human Development Index||0.947 (6th)||0.718 (107th)|
This means that you can get more money for your work in Germany and thus save up faster and more money. In addition, there is the quality of life that comes from, among other things, a very good health care system, strong social benefits, excellent educational prospects for your children and pleasant environmental conditions.
Immigrating to Germany as Filipino: Who can?
There is no regulated immigration like in the USA in Germany. But you can come to Germany as a Filipino or Filipina to work and after a few years you can certainly apply for permanent residence and naturalization.
It is important that you work in a profession for which work visas are easily issued in Germany. These are currently among others:
We expect these opportunities to broaden in the future. This is because there are already more than one million vacancies in Germany at present. According to calculations, 100,000 immigrants from non-EU countries are needed per year to maintain the current economic level. Germany is also facing a wave of retirements – many workers are retiring from the workforce in the next few years.
Not only the German economy, but also science, culture and the public service is looking for many new employees, also from abroad. So if you are interested in working and living in Germany, you should also:
- follow the news about Germany
- to further inform yourself on this page
- order our free newsletter to be informed about future developments.
Opportunities to work in Germany for Filipino students
Philippine students can work in Germany for up to 90 days per year as part of a vacation employment for international students. During this employment, you can earn at least about 10 euros per hour (current minimum wage in each case) and often receive free room and board through the employer.
Typical industries are for vacation employment include:
Unfortunately, you’ll have to go through a complicated process to register – in exchange, you won’t have to pay anything to an agency or employer. For more on this, read our guide to saisonal work for international students.
Other opportunities in Germany
You can also do voluntary service in Germany as a Filipino or Filipina, for example:
Also possible for you, depending on your language skills:
Tips if you want to go to Germany as a Filipino or Filipina
- Read carefully on these pages and on official sites what possibilities there are.
- Never get involved with illegal offers to get to Germany. You also don’t need an agency to find your way to Germany.
- Always choose an official route – there are several of these.
- Work on your qualifications and your German language skills. The higher the qualifications and the better your German language skills the higher your chances.
- Always check with the local German embassy about your plans.
Only travel to Germany with a valid visa.
- Never book a flight before you have the visa.