OFW-Friendly Countries Identified by POEA

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) comes up with a list of countries considered to be an ideal destination for overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) because they seem to be cooperative when it comes to concerns of Filipino workers.

In the POEA resolution, POEA identified 76 OFW-friendly countries. Of the 76 countries, the majority comes from Europe with 32 countries, followed by 21 countries in Americas. Meanwhile, there are 17 countries from the Asia Pacific region, 4 countries in Africa and only two countries are from the Middle East.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) comes up with a list of countries considered to be an ideal destination for overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) because they seem to be cooperative when it comes to concerns of Filipino workers.

In the POEA resolution, POEA identified 76 OFW-friendly countries. Of the 76 countries, the majority comes from Europe with 32 countries, followed by 21 countries in Americas. Meanwhile, there are 17 countries from the Asia Pacific region, 4 countries in Africa and only two countries are from the Middle East.

The countries were identified on the basis that they meet at least one of three requirements provided for in the revised Migrant Workers Act or the Republic Act 10022.

The new Migrant Workers Acts states that the Philippines will only allow deployment if the host country fulfills the following:
Has existing labor and social laws protecting the rights of workers;
Is a signatory to and/or a ratifier of multilateral conventions, declarations or resolutions relating to the protection of workers; and
Has concluded a bilateral agreement or arrangement with the government on the protection of the rights of OFWs.

List of Countries Identified by POEA to be OFW-Friendly

Albania
Angola
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belgium
Belize
Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Brazil
Brunei
Canada
Chile
Columbia
Costa Rica
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Ecuador
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Guam
Guatemala
Guyana
Hong Kong
Hungary
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya
Laos
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxemburg
Macau
Malaysia
Maldives
Marshall Islands
Mexico
Myanmar
Namibia
New Zealand
Northern Marianas
Oman
Palau
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
San Marino
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
The Netherlands
Turkey
United Kingdom
United States of America
Uruguay
Venezuela
Vietnam



Two Middle Eastern countries; Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) that are both consistent top OFW destinations are not included in the list.

The POEA clarified that deployment of OFWs in countries that are not in the above list will not be stopped but will be continuously reviewed and evaluated.

The POEA resolution said, “In the meantime, the deployment of OFWs to these countries [not included in the list] shall continue except, where deployment bans is in effect."
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