Philippine Overseas Employment Administration building in Ortigas, Metro Manila. Photo: Google Maps

The Philippine government has reminded Filipino migrant workers of the countries that are deemed unsafe after partially lifting its ban on deployment to Libya.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said there are 21 countries or regions to which deployment of Filipino migrant workers is prohibited. They are Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Chechnya Republic, South Sudan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Ukraine, Chad, Cuba, North Korea, Haiti, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Palestine and Zimbabwe, The Manila Times reported.

POEA administrator Bernard Olalia said Filipino migrant workers, especially domestic workers, were at risk of facing abuse and maltreatment in these places.

“We are not deploying Filipino migrant workers to countries where there is high risk on the security of our workers, particularly where the alert level is big as certified by the Department of Foreign Affairs,” Olalia said.

Last September, Filipino migrant workers were banned from being deployed to Libya because of the escalation of violence in that North African country. However, the Philippine government partially lifted the ban in January and allowed those who had previously worked in Libya to return to the country and go back to their jobs.

Read: Government lifts ban, allows workers to go back to Libya

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