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The Bureau of Immigration and Labor (BOIL) is projecting a decrease in the number of foreign workers in Palau by the end of 2019, according to the latest Labor Data and Statistics.

A total of 6,581 workers, majority of whom are comprised of Filipinos, are currently working in Palau based on the BOIL data as of June 2019. This figure represents a 2% decrease from the 6,715 foreign workers recorded in 2018.

Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Chief of Staff Earnest Ongidobel, in an interview, said that the BOIL, which operates under the MOJ, has been noting the declining trend in the past two years.

Ongidobel said that the decline may be partly due to the decreasing number of Bangladeshi workers in the country.

The Labor Data and Statistics revealed that Filipino workers still topped the foreign workers’ population in Palau, comprising of 61 percent or 3,873. Bangladeshi workers come next composed of 17 percent or 1,110 followed by Chinese workers, 11% or 725, Japan, 3% or 173, and Taiwan, 2 percent or 132. The remaining 6 percent are a mixed of foreign workers with different nationalities.

Filipino workers dominated all the types of jobs in Palau ranging from services jobs, production jobs, professional and technical jobs, clerical jobs, administrative and managerial jobs, and sales jobs.

Meanwhile, Bangladeshi workers are also mostly employed for production jobs with 31 percent of them working under this industry. Five percent of Bangladeshi workers are also doing clerical jobs, 19 percent are in sales jobs, and 16 percent are in services jobs. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)