OFWs In UAE Desperate For Help, Repatriation Following Travel Ban
OFWS IN UAE – Overseas Filipino Workers from the United Arab Emirates are desperate to return home to their families.
Recently, the Philippine government extended the travel ban on India and six other countries, including the UAE. This was primarily due to precautions to prevent the spread of new, highly contagious COVID-19 variants.
However, with the travel ban constantly extended, many OFWs are left stranded and helpless. In a Facebook group for OFWs in the UAE, stranded workers express woes due to the government’s decisions when it comes to repatriation.
Some pregnant mothers about to go into labor cannot afford to do so while stuck in the UAE due to a lack of insurance. Meanwhile, others have been stuck without pay in the country for since late February.
“Ako po buntis..due ko na po sept.kaya need ko narin po makauwe kase wala po ako insurance d2 and paexpire na rin visa ko ng july kaya sana ma lift na po ung ban d2 sa uae need ko na rin po kase mkauwe..”
Others said that they’ve applied through the government’s repatriation program but haven’t gotten a response since. One OFW said:
Cancelled visa nko,pero dahil sa nangangamba ako na baka mag extend at nag extend na nga eh kumuha nko ng visit visa, isa pa panay p ang swab test dito sa Al Ain laluna galing ako ng Dubai,ang gastos sobra..Ubos na pera ko,nag apply naman ako for repatriation pero till now wala pang reply..
Many of the OFWs share similar stories, canceled Visas with a lack of work, food, and fears of being kicked out of their apartments.
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