Construction workers are pictured on a building site on May 9, 2014 in Doha, Qatar

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Qatar is vastly reliant on overseas employees for its building initiatives

The Philippines has briefly banned its employees from travelling to Qatar due to its diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia and 4 different states.

Qatar is being isolated by its neighbours who accuse it of supporting Islamist militants and Iran.

Greater than two million Filipinos work within the Center East, with greater than 140,000 primarily based in Qatar.

The federal government stated it was involved concerning the “ripple impact” of the disaster on its abroad overseas employees.

Philippines Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello stated the ban could be in place till it accomplished an evaluation of the state of affairs.

“There are such a lot of wild rumours going round, saying issues aren’t going nicely there,” he stated in a press release on Tuesday.


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Tens of millions of Philippine residents work overseas as home helpers, ship crew, building employees and nurses amongst different jobs.

Many head to oil-rich Gulf international locations like Saudi Arabia, which hosts almost one million Filipinos, and Qatar.

The Philippines central financial institution estimates the cash despatched again by its overseas employees final 12 months was $26.9bn (£20.8bn), or about 10% of gross home product.

The Philippine authorities stated one in every of its principal worries was a doable threat of meals shortages in Qatar, which imports about 90% of its produce.

The Qatari authorities stated on Monday it had taken all vital measures to make sure life would proceed as regular below the blockade and that there was no must panic.

Qatar is closely depending on overseas employees. Greater than half of its 2.5 million inhabitants come from abroad.

India, Nepal and Bangladesh even have vital numbers of individuals in Qatar, a lot of whom work in building.