No need to suspend deployment of OFWs to Middle East over ‘kafala’ — DFA

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MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) does not see the need for the Philippines to suspend “anytime in the future,” the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to countries in the Middle East over the kafala (sponsorship) system.

DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola on Friday said this is because countries in the Middle East are going towards the complete abolition or reform of the kafala system.

The kafala system requires migrant workers to have a sponsor in the country of employment so that they can get a visa and worker’s permit. This allows employers to control the employment and migra…

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