More foreigners than ever registered with Bureau of Immigration this year
More than 148,000 foreigners living in the Philippines — about a third of them Chinese — reported to the Bureau of Immigration this year. Under the 1951 Alien Registration Act, resident foreigners are obliged to report to the bureau within the first 60 days of every calendar year. A total of 148,387 people complied with this from January 1 to March 2, Immigration Alien Registration Division Chief Jose Carlitos Licas said in a statement today (Sunday, March 24). The number is up by more than six thousand on last year, when 142,319 reported. Of this year’s total, by far the most numerous nationality was Chinese, with 56,015. They were followed by 26,533 Indians, 10,566 Americans, 8,557 Taiwanese and 8,157 South Koreans. Also in the top-10 list were people from Japan, Indonesia, the UK, Vietnam and Germany.