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Philippine workers gun for new remittance record amid coronavirus

Migrants sent home $30.1bn in 2019, continuing long-term upward trend

Overseas Filipino workers in Yemen hold up Yemeni banknotes at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila, in April 2015.   © Reuters

MANILA -- The lobby of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration headquarters was bustling on Feb. 14. Dozens of housekeepers who came home for the Christmas holidays were rushing to complete paperwork and belatedly return to Kuwait. The day before, President Rodrigo Duterte's government lifted a monthlong deployment ban imposed on the Gulf nation after another Filipina maid was beaten to death by her employer.

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