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DFA Warns Wgainst Domestics Bound for Egypt
« on: January 29, 2008, 07:46:53 PM »

The Department of Foreign Affairs is telling would-be domestic helpers to Egypt to be wary of recruiters and recruitment agencies offering these jobs as they are most likely bogus.

In these cases, the DFA said in a statement, these recruiters should immediately be reported to the Department of Labor and Employment and to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

A report from the Philippine embassy in Cairo revealed that there are no legal jobs available for foreign domestic helpers in Egypt and the Egyptian government only issues working permits and visas to foreign domestic helpers if employed by foreign diplomats accredited to Egypt .

Filipinos who seek jobs in Egypt as domestic helpers are in danger of arrest by the Egyptian immigration authorities for lack of valid visas and working permits.

The embassy in Cairo reiterated that Filipino domestic workers in Egypt who have no pertinent documents do not enjoy labor protection and are vulnerable to abuse and maltreatment.

In past cases, the embassy has found that most illegal Filipino domestic helpers in Egypt often have visas that show they were recruited to work in a neighboring country like Jordan, United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait. Later, they were brought to Egypt by their sponsors for delivery to their real employers. The third-country approach is commonly used because Egyptian immigration laws allow foreign employers to bring with them their foreign domestic helpers when they vacation in Egypt.

Other illegal overseas Filipino workers there have visas that show their recruitment as skilled workers (e.g., factory workers, nurses, hotel service staff, etc.) because highly-skilled foreigners are allowed to work in Egypt. The scheme is abused by some employers who hoodwink Filipinos to come to Egypt as skilled workers only to make them work as domestic helpers.

Many also enter Egypt as tourists and work as domestic helpers. Eventually, they overstay and are locked up in the homes of their employers to avoid trouble due to their illegal immigration status. When the OFW's demand payment of their salaries or to be repatriated, they are abandoned, overworked, unpaid and victims of maltreatment, or subjected to frivolous accusations of theft by their employers, as a means to avoid paying their wages and/ or plane fares back to the Philippines.

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