6,000 Filipinos in Afghanistan to Lose Their Jobs

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MANILA—Some 6,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Afghanistan will lose their jobs by the end of the year if the Philippine government fails to lift the ban on deployment of Filipino workers to the war-torn country. 

To prevent the mass repatriation of OFWs from Afghanistan, a congressman has filed a resolution urging the Department of Labor and Employment to rescind its order prohibiting the deployment of OFWs to Afghanistan and for the Department of Foreign Affairs to recall its order banning travel to that country.

Though it may be one of the most dangerous countries in the world, Afghanistan has become a temporary home to some 6,000 Filipino workers who, although they entered the country illegally, have found a living there amid war and chaos.