Evacuation of migrant workers from Syria hit by lack of funds

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Civilian unrest in Syria: UNHCR

Over 6,000 foreign workers residing in Syria have requested for evacuation out of the country, according to the International Organization for Migration  (IOM).

To date IOM has helped some 2,000 vulnerable migrant workers leave Syria.

The airlift is however seriously short of funding having managed to raise 3.3 million dollars out of the 20.7 million dollar required.

Jean Phillip Chauzy from IOM says the workers originate from more than 23 countries including Indonesia, the Philippines, South Sudan, Ethiopia, India and Bangladesh.

 ”Many of the are female domestic workers, who are trying to leave the country but they cannot because they do not have the proper documentation or they came into the country through smuggling networks, or undocumented migrants, they do not have the resources to return and in some cases its seems the employers are holding back pay or passports or documents.  We've helped about 2,000 people to date. Obviously we are acutely conscious of the fact that there many more thousands who are requesting our assistance.”  (Duration: 30")

IOM estimates that over 120,000 migrant workers are present in Syria.

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