More foreigners are leaving the country because of the coronavirus disease (Covid) pandemic, according to the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
BI Spokesperson Dana Sandoval that based on agency data, 1.5 million foreign nationals arrived in the country to date but 2 million foreign nationals exited the Philippines, from January to September this year.
“Nakikita po natin parang nagkaroon po ng exodus ang mga foreign nationals dito sa bansa for the first time po siguro in history or in a long time na mas marami po yung umaalis kaysa sa dumadating po (We are seeing an exodus of foreign nationals here in the country, for the first time in history maybe or in a long time that more foreign nationals are leaving the country than arriving),” Sandoval said during the Laging Handa online press briefing.
“We see this trend po until the end of the year or until early next year na marami pong umaalis kahit may pandemic (that many are leaving the country despite the pandemic),” she added.
Amid that development, the government is trying to attract more foreigners in the Philippines.To recall, Palace spokesman Harry Roque announced that beginning December 7, the foreign spouses of children of Filipino citizens, and returning Filipinos can enter the country anew, provided that they secure a booking at a quarantine facility and have a swab test schedule at Philippine airports. SOVEREIGNPH