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Syria allows Filipinos to leave without visas reporter, Manila

September 5, 2012

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The Foreign Affairs department announced today that Syrian president Bashar al Assad has agreed to waive exit visa requirements for some 3,700 Filipino workers in the war-stricken country. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario went to Syria yesterday to appeal for the immediate repatriation of 1,300 Filipinos who have expressed the desire to return home. President Assad has ordered the waiving of the usual formalities for all Filipinos "immediately and without preconditions," the office said in a statement. Syrian employers usually ask for reimbursement of expenses and a penalty for breach of employment contract before signing a clearance for an exit visa. These can range from $3,000 to $8,000 for every worker. Another 2,400 Filipinos have not yet applied to return to the Philippines, the Foreign Affairs departmnent said.
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