Around 3,500 OFWs in Dubai helped by PH gov’t go back home in 2020

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A total of 3,500 Filipinos from Dubai have been repatriated by the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai in 2020. 

On the last day of 2020, Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes confirmed that 120 Filipinos from the country were part of the repatriation program initiated by the Philippine government for the displaced Filipinos abroad. 

“The are the last batch in the list for 2020 who requested the Philippine government’s assistance to take them home,” he told Gulf News. 

According to reports, more than 50,000 Filipinos from Dubai and the Northern Emirates have left the country since June. Of the total number, 3,500 have been provided free tickets and assistance by the consulate. 

The assistance was coursed through the mission’s Assistance to Nationals (ATN) section. On average, a one-way ticket from Dubai to the Philippines cost around AED2,500. 

The ATN has facilitated the release of around AED8.75 million for the tickets of 3,500 Filipinos brought home in 2020.