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Philippines to evacuate workers from parts of Iraq

June 19, 2014

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines said Thursday it will evacuate its citizens from all areas of Iraq except the north due to the rapidly deteriorating security situation.

Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said 154 Filipinos in the Baghdad area are expected to be pulled out. The rest of the 900 Filipino workers in Iraq are located in Kurdistan, which remains relatively calm, and will not be asked to leave.

The Philippine Embassy in Baghdad and a rapid response team will assist the registration of Filipinos for repatriation, the department said.

Iraqi insurgents seized a pair of cities last week and have pledged to attack Baghdad.

Millions of Filipinos work overseas. Last year, they sent home more than $25 billion, accounting for about 10 percent of the country’s economy.

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