US-NATO, hands off Syria! – Migrante International

Global alliance of overseas Filipinos Migrante International rejects the looming US intervention in Syria. Migrante International stands in solidarity with the Syrian people in their struggle for self-determination.

Migrante International calls on US-NATO to get out of Syria, fearing for the lives of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). It also criticizes the Aquino administration’s support for US wars of aggression and deployment of US troops in the Asia Pacific region.

“Our government’s support for US wars of aggression and US troops deployment continues to endanger the lives of thousands and thousands of Filipinos in Syria and wherever else the US plans to strike,” said Garry Martinez, Migrante International chairperson.

Martinez called for more active and systematic repatriation efforts by the Aquino government. He also further criticized the Aquino administration’s continuous intensification of its labor export policy despite escalating conflicts in the Middle East-North Africa region and the worsening global economic crisis.

“Nothing short of the reversal of the present system will put an end to forced migration. Past and present experiences have revealed the bankruptcy of the labor export policy. What the Aquino administration needs to address is genuine land reform and national industrialization so that Filipinos do not have to leave their families and homeland at great risks and difficulties abroad,” Martinez said.

At least 17,000 OFWs are in Syria, around 15,000 are women and 90% undocumented.

“For as long as there is landlessness, no domestic jobs are available, and prices continue to soar sky-high, Filipinos will be forced to seek employment abroad despite the ongoing global economic crisis that continues to displace thousands of OFWs or place them in imminent danger or war. It’s a never-ending vicious cycle that will only end if fundamental reforms are in place,” Martinez said. ###