Warning Issued by Philippine Consulate in Milan regarding illegal recruitment in Italy

Oct 06, 2023

Warning Issued by PH Consulate in Milan regarding illegal recruitment in Italy

In response to the announcement made by the Italian government about the admission of 452,000 foreign nationals for employment over the next three years, the Philippine Consulate is cautioning Filipinos against falling victim to illegal recruitment schemes targeting Italy.

Consul General Elmer Cato, based in Milan, has issued an advisory urging Filipinos to exercise caution due to the potential for unscrupulous individuals to exploit the Italian government’s announcement. The consulate’s warning comes after the Department of Migrant Workers revealed that more than 200 Overseas Filipino Workers allegedly became victims of two Milan-based companies.

Initial reports indicate that the modus operandi of these agencies involves targeting Filipinos in Italy and offering jobs in Europe to their unemployed relatives in the Philippines. However, victims are allegedly coerced into paying significant processing fees.

The Counsul emphasized the consulate’s commitment to preventing further victimization, stating, “We do not want any more of our compatriots to fall prey to the predatory practices of certain individuals and agencies here in Milan who may exploit this announcement to defraud others.”

The consulate has been actively addressing complaints from Filipinos who have paid exorbitant fees to individuals and agencies in Milan in exchange for non-existent jobs. Cato confirmed that investigations are underway, with efforts focused on gathering evidence, identifying witnesses, and collaborating with local authorities.

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