Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Countries that have been declared off-limits to OFWs


A total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers in Afghanistan took effect in 2007.


OFWs were prohibited from going to Iraq in 2004 after a series of suicide bomb attacks and the abduction of Filipino truck driver Angelo Dela Cruz.


Reports of widespread abuses against Filipino workers prompted the government to stop sending OFWs there in January 2008.


Following the war between Israeli and Hezbollah forces in 2006, Filipino workers were barred from entering Lebanon in June 2007.


Deployment ban in this African country was implemented in December 2007 due to kidnappings and civil unrest in the Niger Delta.

* Due to desperation for work or good pay being offered, thousands of workers sneak into these countries using fake documents.-

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