2012 outlook for Filipinos in the UAE

The outlook for Filipinos living in the UAE in 2012.

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The UAE's 600,000 Filipinos make the country the second-biggest destination for Filipino workers, after Saudi Arabia, and their remittances will continue to help the Philippines economy in the coming year.
In the first 10 months of last year, Filipinos sent home some Dh2.6 billion, compared with Dh2.34bn during the same period in 2010. Sixty per cent of the UAE's Filipinos are skilled or professional workers, a quarter are in the service sector and 15 per cent are household workers.
Bayanihan UAE, which represents 68 Filipino associations in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, is to elect 13 members to its executive committee in March.
On June 12, community groups will celebrate the 113th anniversary of Philippine independence from Spain.
Later in the year, the May 2013 mid-term elections are likely to dominate discussions. Expatriate Filipinos have until October 31 to register to vote at the embassy or consulate.