About 370 Filipino migrants in UAE return home to Philippines


Staff Report

The Philippine government repatriates around 370 Filipino migrant workers on a first government-sponsored chartered repatriation flight from the UAE on Monday, June 15.

The passengers, mostly workers who lost their jobs after numerous companies have closed down as the COVID-19 pandemic caused a downturn to UAE’s economy, have been booked for a flight from Dubai to Manila on 10pm Cebu Pacific flight no. 5J19.

Other passengers on the same flight were Filipinos who were on job seekers visa or tourist visa who have overstayed after failing to land on jobs in the emirates.

Philippine Consul General in Dubai Paul Raymund Cortes said, the repatriation proceedings for all the passengers have started on Sunday night (June 14) at 7pm at the Dubai International Airport terminal 2.

About 80% of the 382 passengers were from Dubai and the rest were from Abu Dhabi, said Mr. Cortes, adding that the repatriation cost is part of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs’ PHP1billion (US$20million) global annual budget for the assistance of Filipino migrant workers.

The Philippines have so far repatriated a total of 55,859 Filipino migrants who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic in the different parts of the world. (ham/Rights Corridor)