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Acting U.S. homeland security chief McAleenan resigns, says Trump

Oct 12, 2019 - 12:47 PM

'Kevin now, after many years in Government, wants to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector,' says President Donald Trump in a tweet

RESIGNED. Kevin McAleenan steps down. Photo from US Department of Homeland Security.

Why climate migration is a human rights concern

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'Adaptation and mitigation are not enough. We need climate justice,' says United Nations special rapporteur Cecilia Jimenez Damary

ANGELINA ECHALAS. The elderly survivor found a temporary shelter in their Barangay Hall in Maynonong, Tiwi, Albay. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

EU hopes more will join 4-country migration pact

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:14 PM

The pact is meant to determine which countries would take in migrants arriving in Europe – usually Italy or Malta – via the Mediterranean

MIGRATION PACT. Italy's Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese, European Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Malta's Interior Minister Michael Farrugia, Finland’s Interior Minister, Maria Ohisalo and Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer address a press conference following a meeting of Interior ministers from 4 EU countries, France, Germany, Italy and Malta on September 23, 2019 at Fort St. Angelo in Birgu, Malta. Photo by Matthew Mirabelli/AFP

From rescue in the Med, to a migrant's life in Portugal

Aug 04, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Portugal is an exception in Europe in that it faces a labor shortage and encourages immigration

Nigerian refugee Debora Osaretin, 22, poses at her apartment in Fundao, central Portugal, on July 9, 2019. In June last year, the Aquarius was one of the first rescue vessels that the Italian government blocked as it closed the country's doors to NGOs picking up migrants from the Mediterranean. After a week at sea, the boat docked in Spain and its 630 passengers were distributed across six countries, with Portugal taking in 19 -- all of whom wound up in Fundao.  PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP

Incoming EU chief calls for 'new pact' on migration

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:51 AM

Italy wants other EU countries to take in their fair share of the arrivals of migrants

EU CHIEF. Newly elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks as she attends a news conference following a vote on her election at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France on July 16, 2019. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

Trump announces controversial asylum deal with Guatemala

Jul 27, 2019 - 1:14 PM

(UPDATED) The White House says Guatemala is now a 'safe third country,' meaning that US-bound migrants who enter Guatemala would be required to seek asylum there instead

NEW SCHEME. The White House announces a new deal on migration. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

More than 100 migrants missing off Libyan coast

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:20 AM

The International Organization of Migration in Libya says, a 'wooden boat carrying around 250 people, including women and children, sank some 5 nautical miles from the coast'

Handout picture taken and released on July 5, 2019 by German migrant rescue NGO Sea-Eye, shows members of the German migrant rescue charity NGO Sea-Eye (L) approaching an overloaded rubber boat spotted in international waters off the Libyan coast. The blue dinghy lacked sufficient drinking water for the 64 men and one woman, and there was no satellite phone or navigation aid on board, the group said in a statement. Fabian Heinz / sea-eye.org / AFP

300 migrants 'still held in Libya center' hit by deadly raid

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:32 PM

The International Organization for Migration says its teams have 'located' and transferred to hospital 'a group of injured migrants who left Tajoura after the attack in the surrounding neighborhood'

AFTERMATH. Emergency workers recover bodies after an airstrike killed nearly 40 at Tajoura Detention Center, east of Tripoli on early July 3, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

[Two Pronged] I want to move back to the Philippines; my wife isn't sure

Jun 30, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Should he stay or should he go?

Maltese military seizes tanker hijacked by migrants

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:58 PM

'AFM Patrol Vessel P21 stopped the tanker from entering the Maltese territorial waters,' the Armed Forces of Malta says in a statement

An armed policeman stands guard after migrants disembarked from the Motor Tanker El Hiblu 1 that was hijacked by migrants in Valletta's Grand Harbour on March 28, 2019, after Maltese armed forces took control of the vessel. Photo by Jonathan Borg/AFP

EU suspends naval patrols in Libya migrant operation

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:33 PM

EU's Operation Sophia will rely on air missions and close coordination with Libya despite the political chaos that has scarred the country since 2011

Migrants need better access to health care in Europe – WHO

Jan 21, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Depending on the country and migrants' status, they may enjoy full access to the health care system or none at all

MIGRANTS. In this file photo taken on May 14, 2018 migrants look at the coastline as they stand aboard the French rescue ship MV Aquarius, off the coast of Sicily. File photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

U.S. to take 'extraordinary' measures in face of migrant surge

Dec 27, 2018 - 12:13 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asks experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate 'the uptick in sick children crossing our borders' as the count soars to almost 25,000

MIGRANTS. Central American migrant children travelling to the United States, play at a temporary shelter in downtown Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on December 26, 2018. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

2nd Guatemalan migrant child dies in U.S. custody

Dec 26, 2018 - 8:15 AM

The Guatemalan government has called on the US to conduct a clear investigation into how the child died

EU drifts toward rocks on populist tide

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'2019 will be a pivotal year with major challenges,' says Jonathan Faull, a former senior administrator at the European Commission

Migration crisis hits Americas, reaches U.S. border in 2018

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:47 PM

Latin Americans have long migrated to the United States – half a million Central Americans cross Mexico each year to chase their American dreams – but they used to do it in secret

CARAVAN. Central American migrants – mostly Hondurans – moving towards the United States in hopes of a better life, walk in the Mexican border city of Mexicali, Baja California state on their way to Tijuana, Mexico, on November 20, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

U.N. conference adopts migration pact despite withdrawals

Dec 11, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Billed as the first international document on managing migration, it lays out 23 objectives to open up legal migration and discourage illegal border crossings

U.N. envoy takes swipe at countries quitting migration pact

Nov 28, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Louise Arbour, the UN special envoy for international migration, says countries exiting the compact are dealing with 'buyer's remorse' after taking part in the lengthy negotiations and agreeing to the final text

UN MIGRATION PACT. This file photo shows Louise Arbour, UN special envoy for international migration. File photo from the World Economic Forum

Tens of thousands stage anti-racism march in Berlin

Oct 14, 2018 - 3:30 AM

The march is partly in response to the rise of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party

PROTEST. Demonstrators walk during a major demonstration for an open and caring society organised by the action group "Unteilbar" (indivisible) on October 13, 2018 in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

My migration story: Why I left London and came home

Sep 25, 2018 - 7:00 PM

At first I didn't know my story. Two movies helped me get there: 'Never Not Love You,' starring James Reid and Nadine Lustre, and 'Crazy Rich Asians.'

LONDON CALLING. London, England has been an attractive destination for Filipinos who seek a job overseas. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Venezuela claims 'thousands' of migrants want to come home

Aug 30, 2018 - 9:41 AM

Brazil President Michel Temer has called on 'the international community to adopt diplomatic measures' to halt the 'tragic' exodus of Venezuelans that 'threatens the harmony of practically the entire continent'

Venezuelans rush to Peru to beat passport deadline

Aug 24, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Peru has decided it will only allow in Venezuelan migrants in possession of a passport. But only around half of the Venezuelans heading south to escape poverty and economic crisis are carrying passports.

PERU-BOUND. Venezuelans heading to Peru walk along the Panamerican highway in Tulcan, Ecuador, after crossing from Colombia, on August 21, 2018. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Brazil closes, then reopens border to Venezuelan migrants

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:57 AM

(UPDATED) 'It is not justified to take the easy path to 'close the doors' because of difficulties in hosting refugees,' Supreme Court justice Rosa Weber says in her ruling

MASS MIGRATION. File picture taken on February 27, 2018 at the Brazil-Venezuela border in Pacaraima, Roraima, Brazil.  A Brazilian federal court has ordered on August 5, 2018 a block on Venezuelans crossing the border from their economically imploding country. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Hundreds of African migrants 'abandoned' in desert

Jul 16, 2018 - 9:29 AM

Rights groups accuse the Algerian authorities of arbitrarily arresting and deporting migrants from sub-Saharan Africa and sometimes dumping them in the desert

BLOCKED.African migrants from Niger prepare to board buses as they are repatriated to their country by Algerian authorities at a transit center for migrants in Tamanrasset in southern Algeria. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Philippines backs 'long-overdue' UN migration pact

Jul 14, 2018 - 2:23 PM

United Nations member-states approve the final text of the Global Compact for Migration, upholding the rights of refugees and migrants. The United States has pulled out of the pact, citing its inconsistency with its 'America First' policy.

MIGRATION. DFA Undersecretary Sarah Arriola speaks at the closing rounds of negotiation on the UN Global Compact on Migration on July 13, 2018. DFA Photo

Honduras identifies 459 children separated from families in U.S.

Jul 14, 2018 - 1:23 PM

The US government comes under fierce international criticism for forcibly separating thousands of families, most of them from Central America

SEPARATION. Guatemalan Elsa Ortiz, who was deported from the US in June, holds a videoconference with her son Antony Tovar Ortiz who remains in the United States, as she asks to have him back while demonstrating outside the hotel where US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and authorities from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico, are holding a meeting in Guatemala City on July 10, 2018. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Team Trump looks to start off on right foot with Mexico president-elect

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:04 AM

'I believe we can be reasonably optimistic that Mexico will be able to find a basis for understanding and have a better relationship with the United States,' says Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

VISIT. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) is received by Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (C) and his appointed Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard (R), upon his arrival at the party's headquarters in Mexico City, on July 13, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

EU border agency chief warns Spain may be new migrant hotspot

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:47 PM

Data by the International Organization for Migration shows that migrants arriving in Spain numbered 6,513 for first 6 months of 2017

MIGRANTS. Spanish coast guards pull a dinghy boat upon their arrival at Malaga's harbour on July 7, 2018, after rescuing 56 immigrants off the Spanish coast. Photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Merkel dodges political bullet with controversial migrant deal

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:19 PM

In high-stakes crisis talks overnight, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has put to rest for now a dangerous row with her hardline Interior Minister Horst Seehofer that has threatened the survival of her fragile coalition government

DEAL. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to journalists as she arrives at the CDU headquarters on November 17, 2017 in Berlin. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Trump, Mexico president-elect get off to 'great' start

Jul 03, 2018 - 9:34 AM

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador writes on Twitter, 'I proposed exploring a universal deal [involving] development projects that would create jobs in Mexico and, by doing so, reduce migration and improve security'

FIRST PHONE CALL. US President Donald Trump and newly elected Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speak in a phone call. Trump photo by Saul Loeb/AFP; Obrador photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Austria's priorities as it takes European Union helm

Jun 30, 2018 - 2:02 PM

The presidency gives Austria the opportunity to chair meetings and set agendas as the EU grapples with the continuing migrant influx, management of its borders, and other issues such as Brexit

EU PRESIDENCY. Austria's new Chancellor Sebastian Kurz arrives to meet the European Council president on December 19, 2017, at the European Council in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

EU leaders seal hard-fought migration deal

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:14 AM

Italy's new hardline Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has vetoed joint conclusions for the entire agenda of the summit in Brussels until his demands are met

EU SUMMIT. France's President Emmanuel Macron (L) speaks with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (2ndL) as European Council President Donald Tusk (2ndR) speaks with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel during a European Union leaders' summit focused on migration, Brexit and eurozone reforms on June 28, 2018 at the Europa building in Brussels. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

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Jun 29, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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EU split on migration at 'mother of all summits'

Jun 28, 2018 - 12:11 PM

EU President Donald Tusk warns on the eve of the summit that time is running out for leaders to reassure their citizens that they can control migration before authoritarian politicians win the 'high-stakes' debate

EUROPEAN UNION. European flags are reflected at the entrance of the Berlaymont building EU Commission in Brussels on May 21,2014. File photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

PRESS RELEASE: UnionBank issues final call for EMV migration by June 30

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:06 PM

The bank will deactivate all magnetic stripe cards by end of the month

Trump claims victory on travel ban, but border crackdown on hold

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The US Supreme Court ruling validates the 3rd and most recent version of the ban, which applies to travelers from 5 mainly Muslim nations – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen – and from North Korea, about 150 million people in total

SUPREME COURT. This file photo taken on March 31, 2012 shows the US Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Karen Bleier/AFP

Aquarius migrants finally land in Spain after week-long odyssey

Jun 17, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) Among the passengers are 450 men and 80 women – at least 7 of them pregnant – as well as 89 adolescents and 11 children under the age of 13, figures released by the Valencian authorities show

AQUARIUS. In this file photo taken on May 14, 2018 migrants look at the coastline as they stand aboard the French rescue ship MV Aquarius, off the coast of Sicily. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Slovaks mourn Filipino expat beaten to death in street

Jun 09, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Henry Acorda, a 36-year-old Filipino living in Slovakia, was assaulted in the heart of the capital on May 26 by 28-year-old Juraj H., whose surname has been withheld pending trial.

MOURNING. Thousands of Slovaks rally in Bratislava, Slovakia on June 8, 2018 to pay tribute to murdered Filipino expat Henry Acorda beaten to death by a young man believed to be a neo-Nazi. Photo by Vladimir Simicek / AFP

Trump says some migrants are 'animals'

May 17, 2018 - 4:30 PM

'You wouldn't believe how bad these people are, these aren't people, these are animals and we're taking them out of the country,' US President Donald Trump tells California Republicans visiting the White House

'ANIMALS'? US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House August 25. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

I was denied a U.S. visa, and it's very personal

Apr 14, 2018 - 9:21 AM

The embassy officer told me I could reapply if and when my 'circumstances change.' What circumstance has to change before we beat colonial presumptions and call ourselves worthy to travel this world freely?

VISA APPLICATIONS. The US Embassy in Manila attracts thousands visa applicants per day. .

LOOK: Cardinal Tagle washes feet of Chito Soganub, Demafelis parents

Mar 29, 2018 - 8:18 PM

The 12 chosen migrants, refugees, and displaced peoples cry as Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle wash their feet on Maundy Thursday 2018

WASHING OF THE FEET. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle washes the feet of rescued Marawi priest Father Chito Soganub on Holy Thursday. All photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Listen to OFWs, refugees who left because of love – Tagle

Mar 29, 2018 - 7:57 PM

'Kilalanin sila.... Sa kanilang paglisan, sana hindi sila mag-isa. Samahan sila sa paglalakbay,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

Land decay to displace tens of millions, global survey warns

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:27 AM

Scientists say land decay caused by unsustainable farming, mining, pollution, and city expansion is undermining the well-being of some 3.2 billion people or 40% of the global population

STUDY ON LAND DECAY. British Robert Watson (R), President of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) speaks during a press conference next to the Secretary of IPBES Anne Larigauderie, in the framework of the 6th IPBES Biodiversity Summit, in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on March 26, 2018. Photo by Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP

At least 14 migrants die as boat capsizes off Greece – police

Mar 17, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Police recovers 8 more bodies after the corpses of a man, a woman and 4 children surfaced off the island of Agathonissi

Ex-envoy says OFWs should consider ASEAN for jobs

Feb 28, 2018 - 8:53 PM

Former envoy to the ASEAN Orlando Mercado says that member-states within the region have vibrant arrangements with the Philippines in terms of workers' protection

ASEAN. Former envoy to the ASEAN Orly Mercado discusses migration in the region at the 1st ASEANnale forum at the University of the Philippines-Diliman on February 28, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Debunking myths on the origins of the Filipino

Feb 23, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Were there really 3 distinct waves of migration? Who were the Filipinos' forefathers?

BDO makes EMV card shift, to disable old magnetic stripe cards by Feb 1

Jan 25, 2018 - 3:10 PM

The bank encourages customers who still have the magnetic stripe card to have it replaced at BDO branches on or before January 31

MORE SECURE. EMV cards have an embedded chip in them which helps protect against fraud better compared to cards that use the magnetic strip

May agrees to extra £44.5M for Calais before Macron summit

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:37 PM

British and French leaders also aim to deepen cooperation in tackling terrorism at the meeting, as Britain tries to strengthen ties before leaving the European Union next year

In this file photo, migrants, carrying their luggage, walk past a Calais city limit sign as they head towards an official meeting point set by French authorities as part of the full evacuation of the Calais 'Jungle' camp, in Calais, northern France, on October 24, 2016.  Francois Lo Presti/AFP

Israel plans to force out thousands of African migrants

Jan 03, 2018 - 8:57 PM

Under the plan, some 38,000 migrants who entered Israel illegally, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese, have until the end of March to leave

MIGRANTS. In this file photo, an African migrant rides a bicycle with a child near the Levinsky park street in southern Tel Aviv on September 4, 2017. Photo by  Menahem Kahana / AFP

Colombian paramilitary chief deported from U.S. to face charges

Dec 27, 2017 - 9:55 AM

Fifty-year- old Hebert Veloza, alias "HH," faces charges in his homeland of murder, forced recruitment of minors and criminal association