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List of 22 Countries Dangerous to OFWs This 2019

There are many countries all over the world that needs Filipino workers! But if you are searching for jobs abroad, make sure that the country you want to work for is not dangerous for you as an Overseas Filipino worker (OFW).
Recently the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has partially lifted the deployment ban to Libya, but take note that there are still 22 countries in the world that are not safe for Filipino workers, regardless of the salary it offers.

What are the 22 Countries?

According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the government of the Philippines has an existing deployment ban to the following countries.

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Somalia
  3. Sudan (except Khartoum and the Kenana Sugar Plantation)
  4. Rwanda
  5. Burundi
  6. Syria
  7. Yemen
  8. Iraq
  9. Chechnya Republic
  10. South Sudan
  11. Iraqi Kurdistan region
  12. Ukraine
  13. Chad
  14. Cuba
  15. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
  16. Haiti
  17. Mali
  18. Mauritania
  19. Niger
  20. Palestine
  21. Somalia
  22. Zimbabwe

With this information, POEA Chief Bernard Olalia reminded OFWs not to risk working in the said countries whether you are skilled workers, low-skilled workers or maids. This is because of the danger or life faced by any foreign workers in the countries where the ban is imposed.

“We are not deploying OFWs to countries where there is high risk on the security and threats of harm to our OFWs, particularly where the alert level is certified by the DFA and an advisory is issued to ban deployment,” Olalia said.

A total deployment ban covers all skills categories and applies to both new hires and rehires.

Meanwhile, South Sudan; Iraqi Kurdistan Region; Libya; and Ukraine still have an existing partial deployment ban.

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