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June 1999, Volume 6, Number 6

Philippines: Brokers, Chinese

Brokers. There are many agencies in the Philippines that offer to help Filipinos find overseas jobs. Some are fraudulent. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issues warnings about fraudulent brokers, for instance, it warned that Filipino Domestics International of Toronto, Canada, which floods rural areas with application forms that offer to help women find jobs as maids overseas for a $300 processing fee, was a fraud.

Chinese. Filipino police detained about 110 suspected Chinese illegal immigrants in sweeps conducted in Manila's Chinatown in May 1999. The Chinese embassy complained, saying that Chinese nationals are being singled out. A compromise was reached: raids are to be stopped for one month while the Chinese consul tries to convince overstaying Chinese visitors to leave the country voluntarily. Philippine police began conducting raids last week after a Filipino senator alleged that 120,000 Chinese have illegally entered the Philippines since 1996.

"Philippines pursues raids on illegal aliens despite Chinese concern," Agence France Presse, May 17, 1999. "Despite Chinese concern, RP will continue raids against illegal aliens," AFP, May 18, 1999.