More than 100,000 OFWs across the world stranded because of Covid-19

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Over 100,000 OFWs are currently stranded abroad due to the impact of the spread of Covid-19 in their host countries, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said in statement.

The government agency reported that a total of 98,615 Filipinos as of May 29 have been stranded, citing reports from over 40 foreign posts of Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO).

Of this number, 83,483 are in the Middle East, 12,050 are from Europe and the American regions and 3,082 are from Asian countries.

In a separate data posted by the Philippine News Agency, about 19,631 have unfinished contracts, 11,505 are in the Middle East while close 6,500 are in Europe and the Americas.

The agency also added that these Filipinos are a mix of those whose contracts had been finished or expired but are unable to leave their host countries due to travel restrictions, those who had been affected by lockdown measures as well as distressed Filipinos who wish to go back home as soon as possible.

Around 36,625 OFWs have already been repatriated by the Philippine government as of this writing.

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