Amid the risk they face, and a mandatory repatriation ordered by the Philippine government, over a thousand Filipinos based in Iraq remain in the country.
Even with ‘Not Valid for Travel to Iraq’ stamped into Philippine passports, few Filipinos manage to travel into the country and even secure jobs there.
Despite the ongoing conflict in Iraq, many Filipinos working there are convinced that returning to the Philippines is a wise idea. So far, only two
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has entertained the idea of lifting a longstanding deployment ban of Filipino workers to Iraq. DFA secretary Albert del
The labour department has reiterated that government restrictions against sending Filipino migrant workers to certain “high risk” countries will remain in place to ensure their