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

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Qatar is massively reliant on overseas staff for its development initiatives

The Philippines has quickly 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 primarily based 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 are usually not going effectively there,” he stated in a press release on Tuesday.


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

Many head to oil-rich Gulf nations like Saudi Arabia, which hosts almost 1,000,000 Filipinos, and Qatar.

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

The Philippine authorities stated considered one of its major worries was a potential threat of meals shortages in Qatar, which imports about 90% of its produce.

The Qatari authorities stated on Monday it had taken all mandatory measures to make sure life would proceed as regular underneath the blockade and that there was no have to 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 vital numbers of individuals in Qatar, lots of whom work in development.