Thursday, August 03, 2017

Caught in the middle: OFW

From what I understand  of the complicated situation, the Qatar boycott is Saudi trying to keep Iran in place.  
Like the war in Syria, this is about the Sunni/Shiite or the Arab/Persian rivalry that goes back a millenia or two.

The proxy war in Yemen is by an Iranian backed group that makes the Taliban look liberal, and who is trying to hit Saudi cities with missiles. Also going on: "uprising" by Shiites in Saudi and of course the Shiite militias in Iraq who will pressure the gov't there to stand with Iran.

and of course, the press, run by SJW, mainly mourns the "victims" of "Saudi" bombing, not the civilians terrorized by the rebels or the attacks on Saudi.

Qatar is on notice to stop making nice with Iran, but of course, the boycott is mainly affecting their "invisible man": The OFW's who run the place.

MigrantsRights has the story.

one result is that the Philippine gov't has stopped deployment of it's workers to that country. They worry about food shortages and riots since that country imports all of their food

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain had severed relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting "terrorism" and Iran. Qatar said the move was "unjustified".
The four Arab nations also cut off sea and air links with Qatar, which relies on imports from its neighbours.

another backstory in the area is that the unemployment rate in Saudi is 13%....

According to the Saudi Press Agency, the latest statistics show that the total number of Saudis seeking jobs is 906,552, of which around 219,000 are men and 687,500 are women.

 the article goes on to lament they aren't making more new jobs for these people. But then they admit:

Authorities are also introducing new fees and sector restrictions to encourage the employment of Saudis while reducing the kingdom's reliance on its 11 million foreign workers.

yup. It's not just in the USA that foreigners do jobs the locals don't want to do...

as for Qatar: quite a few Pinoys work there. But things aren't bad enough to start evacuating them.

Bello said there were 141,000 documented Filipino workers in Qatar as of last year, but the total number could surpass 200,000 if those without proper documents are counted.
There is no plan yet to repatriate Filipino workers in Qatar, he said.

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