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Filipinos in Belgium
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According to figures provided by Belgian authorities for 2014, there are 3,529 Filipinos legally staying in Belgium.  867 men and 2,662 women.   Moreover, based on the findings of the Post during the OAV registration, it appears that a considerable number of Filipinos have become naturalized Belgians and Luxembourgeois over the years.

Filipinos in Belgium and Luxembourg engage in the following lines of work:  Barbers/hairstylers (home service); Bartenders; Butlers; waiters; Carpentry work; Children's escort service; Cooks; Dishwashers; Dog/cat sitters; Drivers; Electrical repair; installation work; Factory assemblers; Food processing plant packagers; Gardeners; House cleaners; House sitters/home managers; Hotel housekeeping staff/porters; Part-time workers engaged in laundering and ironing; Mechanics; Office cleaners; Painters; Plumbers; Wall paper and carpet layers; Baby sitters; Caterers; Elderly care service providers; Entertainers (Antwerp area); Nannies; Sewers; Tutors; Domestic helpers/general utility personnel working with Diplomatic Missions and households; professionals in private firms, e.g., abstractors, data encoders (a small number though).

Filipino Community Organizations in Belgium and Luxembourg

At present, there are seventy-four listed associations of Filipinos residing in Belgium and Luxembourg.  There are umbrella organizations in Belgium such as the Council of Filipino Associations in Belgium (COFAB) with 10 member-organizations and the Council of Filipino Associations in Flanders (COFAF) with 5 member-organizations.

Among these organizations are regional groupings such as the Grand Ilocandia of Belgium, the Hinunangan Association, the Pangasinenses Group, the Victorian Community, the Novo Ecijano sa Belgium and others.  There are also four (4) Knights of Rizal Chapters.  There are also a couple of sports organizations like the Philippine Sports Community and Filipino Sports Community of Antwerp.  There are cause-oriented groups like the Samahan, several socio-cultural groupings like Sampaguita, Mabuhay Friends Club, Belga-Cultura Filipina etc, and numerous religious groupings.  Greatly noticeable among these organizations are those which have been established by Belgians married to Filipinas and who desire to help the Philippines through the organizations, among which are Cadaatan vzw, Friendship for the Philippines, Kempen-Philippines Association, and Kababayan Filipino Community.  In Luxembourg, Letzebuergesch-Philippinesch Aktioun Fir Den Development (LPAD), the Samahan ng mga Pilipino Luxembourg asbl and Philippine-Luxembourg Society are the current Filipino organizations.

The Philippine Embassy pursues active collaboration with all of these Filipino community organizations in Belgium and Luxembourg and engages their cooperation in various activities to foster a united and true Filipino community spirit.