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 staff for its development initiatives

The Philippines has briefly banned its staff 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 based mostly in Qatar.

The federal government stated it was involved in regards to the “ripple impact” of the disaster on its abroad overseas staff.

Philippines Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello stated the ban can be in place till it accomplished an evaluation of the scenario.

“There are such a lot of wild rumours going round, saying issues will not be going nicely there,” he stated in an announcement on Tuesday.

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Hundreds of thousands of Philippine residents work overseas as home helpers, ship crew, development staff and nurses amongst different jobs.

Many head to oil-rich Gulf international locations like Saudi Arabia, which hosts practically 1,000,000 Filipinos, and Qatar.

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

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

The Qatari authorities stated on Monday it had taken all needed 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 staff. Greater than half of its 2.5 million inhabitants come from abroad.

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