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[OPINION] Refugee protection and the threats of the Anti-Terrorism Law

Jul 08, 2020 - 7:07 PM

'[The Anti-Terror Law] does not provide safeguards for innocent persons seeking asylum in the Philippines to not be wrongfully classified as terrorists'

'I'm going to jump': Tensions on Ocean Viking migrant rescue ship

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:56 AM

'I was at sea for a long time. I didn't warn the family, who must think I'm dead,' says Said, a 35-year-old Egyptian on the verge of tears

RESCUED. Some the 47 migrants rescued earlier today by members of French NGO SOS Mediterranee boat Ocean Viking 55 km off the coast of Italian island of Lampedusa are on their way to the Ocean Viking on June 30, 2020. Photo by Shahzad Abdul/AFP

U.S. must free migrant children from detention, court says

Jun 27, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Two of the country's 3 family detention centers have confirmed cases of the infection, district judge Dolly Gee says in her ruling on June 26

PROTESTING FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN. Protesters march against the separation of migrant children from their families on June 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Millions of migrant workers head home due to virus – U.N.

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Migrant workers were left exceptionally exposed to the virus and the economic shutdown it triggered, says the United Nations' International Labour Organization

'SOCIAL DISTANCING.' In this file photo, migrant workers eat in the dining area onboard the SuperStar Gemini cruise ship, used to accommodate foreign workers who have recovered from COVID-19, at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre terminal in Singapore on May 23, 2020. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

UAE opens doors, allows even foreigners to return

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:44 PM

The new government policy aims to bring back over 200,000 people with valid UAE resident visas

Dubai's Sheikh Zayed road is deserted during a curfew imposed by the authorities in a bid to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Emirati city on April 5, 2020. - Last night, Dubai, one of the seven emirates making up the UAE, announced a two-week lockdown in which it will carry out tests in densely populated areas. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

Canada border opens to foreign families of Canadians

Jun 09, 2020 - 9:06 AM

The exemption is to take effect at 11:59 pm Monday (0359 GMT Tuesday) and applies to non-Canadian spouses, children, parents, or guardians of Canadian citizens or permanent residents

BORDER. A truck crosses the Bluewater Bridge border crossing between Sarnia, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan on March 16, 2020. Photo by Geoff Robins/AFP

[OPINION] I'm already a minority. Do I need to learn more about racism?

Jun 06, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'I often feel like I have no right to attest to being part of a minority since I haven't endured the hardships that others have. There are probably a lot of mixed children like me out there who feel this way.'

[OPINION] I can't breathe

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:07 PM

'If you are someone who has judged people based on the color of their skin, their accent, or their origins – you are not so far away from the cops who murdered George Floyd'

[OPINION | Video] In stillness: Voices from a COVID world

Jun 01, 2020 - 1:41 PM

This short film features phone voice recordings of people sharing their thoughts on a locked-down world

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] The Filipino global nurse: Trained to leave, now made to stay

May 30, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'It was upsetting to see photos of nurses in head-to-toe level 4 PPE watching over patients in non-air conditioned tents and think about their P10,000 monthly salary (even lower in private hospitals) and 12-hour shifts'

Duterte admin giving returning OFWs 'VIP treatment' – Roque

May 30, 2020 - 3:07 PM

Malacañang responds to a labor group that condemned the government for its 'garbage-like treatment' of migrant Filipino workers

Returning OFWs who finished thier prolonged mandatory quarantine queue outside the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange on May 28, 2020, to return to their respective provinces through the Balik Probinsya program. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Key suspect in UK migrant truck tragedy arrested in Germany – sources

May 30, 2020 - 12:12 PM

26 other suspects are arrested in Paris and Belgium for the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants

A police officer secures the cordon at at the scene where a lorry, believed to have originated from Bulgaria, and found to be containing 39 dead bodies, was discovered at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. - British police said 39 bodies were found near London Wednesday in the container of a truck thought to have come from Bulgaria. Essex Police said the people were all pronounced dead at the scene in an industrial park in Grays, east of London. Early indications suggest the victims are 38 adults and one teenager. A 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Filipino cruise crew member in coronavirus limbo dies of apparent suicide

May 28, 2020 - 10:06 AM

A 32-year-old Filipino worker on a ship called Scarlet Lady, the only cruise ship owned by Virgin Voyages, died of 'apparent self-harm,' says the US Coast Guard

STRANDED. In this file photo The Virgin Voyages cruise ship Scarlet Lady is seen on the River Mersey in Liverpool on February 26, 2020. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

26 held over migrant lorry tragedy in Britain

May 27, 2020 - 11:25 PM

The arrests target the ring of smugglers suspected of organizing the migrants' journey

ARRESTS. In this file photo, a police officer secures the cordon at at the scene where a truck, believed to have originated from Bulgaria, and found to be containing 39 dead bodies, was discovered at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Filipina domestic worker commits suicide in Lebanon – embassy

May 25, 2020 - 8:39 AM

Her death comes days after a rights group complained about the shelter she was in

BEIRUT. A picture taken on January 25, 2020, shows Lebanese soldiers standing guard beneath a giant national flag in the capital Beirut with a backdrop of snow-covered mountains. Photo by Anwar Amro/AFP

Migrant boat crossings to UK surge during virus lockdown

May 21, 2020 - 4:36 PM

Channel crossing attempts have increased since the end of 2018, despite the danger of heavy maritime traffic, strong currents and low water temperatures

French Gendarmes and police, wearing protective masks against the noverl coronavirus, COVID-19, assist migrants, including five children and a baby, who tried to reach England by crossing the Channel, and who were rescued off the French port city of Calais on May 16, 2020. French maritime authorities said they picked up 16 migrants, including one child, in the English Channel in the early hours of May 16, 2020. The Britain-bound group was rescued some six kilometres 3.8 miles) off the French port of Calais after their makeshift vessel ran into difficulties around 3:30 am (0130 GMT) and called for help, they said.  BERNARD BARRON / AFP

Virus deaths among Filipinos in Dubai, neighboring emirates reach 43

May 19, 2020 - 8:38 AM

Among the Filipino victims are 3 nurses, two engineers, a community volunteer, and a high school official

[OPINION] It’s time to consider other means of cash aid distribution

May 15, 2020 - 9:30 AM

'During an emergency in a remote area of Kenya, cash transfers were used as an option for delivering aid. This was made possible through the help of community volunteers who conducted household assessments.'

Italy to regularize migrants in face of coronavirus

May 14, 2020 - 10:20 AM

Those benefitting from the new scheme will have to prove that they have experience working in the agricultural or domestic sectors

ESCAPE. Migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Photo from AFP

[OPINION] An OFW's letter to President Duterte on the deployment ban

May 12, 2020 - 9:00 AM

'Military enlistment is not best done at the brink of a war, and neither is the massive employment of nurses during a pandemic'

[OPINION] No to the new Philhealth premium for OFWs

May 06, 2020 - 7:35 AM

'When they were drafting the law, did they even bother to ask OFWs around the world if they agreed to this obligation?'

Duterte tells local officials: Accept OFWs returning to hometowns

May 05, 2020 - 9:00 PM

‘Magkakaroon ho tayo ng problema if you resist because then as a worker of government, it falls upon my shoulders to see to it that everything is done fair,’ says President Rodrigo Duterte

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE. President Rodrigo Duterte updates the nation on the government's efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease on May 4, 2020. Malacañang photo

Can Duterte stop health workers from leaving PH?

May 05, 2020 - 1:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will ask Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and other officials to explore this option during the pandemic

STOP DEPLOYMENT? President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on May 4, 2020. Malacañang photo

[OPINION] Extraordinary occupational hazards: PH migrants during the pandemic

Apr 25, 2020 - 6:00 PM

What are the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on Filipino overseas workers? The author places seafarers and nurses in the spotlight.

Coronavirus highlights role of foreign staff in British hospitals

Apr 23, 2020 - 11:28 AM

Around 52,000 staff are Asian nationals, according to the parliamentary figures

Undocumented workers in Canada: 'If the virus doesn’t kill us, hunger will'

Apr 18, 2020 - 9:20 AM

Migrant, undocumented workers seek income support from the Canadian government during the coronavirus pandemic

TORONTO SCENE. In this file photo taken on March 24, 2020, a woman walks past the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. The coronavirus pandemic could kill between 11,000 and 22,000 people in Canada, the government projected on April 9, 2020. Photo by Geoff Robins / AFP

Duterte asks health workers to stay in PH during coronavirus outbreak

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:25 AM

While President Rodrigo Duterte made the appeal, it is not clear if he approved an Inter-Agency Task Force resolution to allow health workers with existing contracts to leave the country

FRONTLINES. Medical workers take a moment to perform a solidarity clap for their fellow front-liners outside the doors of Santa Ana Hospital in Manila on April 9, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[FIRST PERSON] Diary of a Filipina who survived coronavirus in Berlin

Apr 11, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'I was COVID-19 positive. I was not prepared to hear those words; I was in denial.... Holding back tears, I listened carefully to the doctor explaining what I should and should not do.'

Filipino migrant workers in Canada worry about jobs, health during Covid-19

Apr 06, 2020 - 10:34 AM

Many Filipinos are laid off after all non-essential businesses closed down as part of efforts to stem the pandemic

Filipino migrant workers at the International Women's Day rally in Toronto March 8, 2020. Photo by Marites Sison

Second Greek migrant camp under coronavirus lockdown

Apr 05, 2020 - 4:31 PM

Officials say the camp in Malakasa, located northeast of Athens, had been placed under 'full sanitary isolation' for 14 days, with no one allowed to enter or leave

4 overseas domestic workers die in Qatar house fire

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:32 PM

One of the victims had just sent her family in Ilocos Norte money for food hours before her death, her sister says

Gulf's massive migrant workforce fears virus limbo

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Some laborers in Saudi Arabia, home to 10 million expat workers, complain that they are required by bosses to work while Saudis are permitted paid quarantine leave

WORKERS. Migrant workers are seen walking next to a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. AFP photo

64 Ethiopians found dead in cargo container in Mozambique

Mar 25, 2020 - 11:16 AM

Temperatures in Tete currently hover around 34 degrees Celsius

[OPINION] From a Filipina in the UK, on her self-imposed lockdown

Mar 24, 2020 - 3:35 PM

'It almost feels like having to go through the crisis two-fold, because I’m gathering and processing information about the situation in the Philippines and the UK simultaneously'

[OPINION] A few words of hope from an OFW amid the coronavirus pandemic

Mar 16, 2020 - 2:37 PM

'If you have OFW friends and family who are having a hard time understanding the situation, please do check on them by sending a message or calling'

PH mission in UAE ‘ready to help’ Filipino visa runners amid coronavirus crisis

Mar 12, 2020 - 9:57 AM

To avoid deportation, visit visa holders need to do 'visa runs,' where they exit the UAE to have their visas renewed or changed to employment status

BIKE. A man wears a protective mask as a means of protection against the spread of the coronivirus as he rides his bicycle in Dubai. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Erdogan vows to keep border open for refugees until EU meets all demands

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:03 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he opened the gates in order to pressure Europe into providing greater assistance with the Syrian conflict

AT THE BORDER. Migrants are on their way to a camp on the Turkish side of the Turkey-Greece border near the Pazarkule crossing gate in Edirne province on March 8, 2020 as makeshift camps have sprung up around the border where thousands of refugees have been encouraged by Turkey to leave for the European Union, in a bid to gain Western backing in Syria. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Clashes as migrants seek to break through Turkey-Greece border

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:21 PM

The clashes came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issues a fresh call to Europe to support the country with a new influx of migrants that have amassed along the Greek border

AT THE BORDER. Migrants hold placards as they demonstrate, waiting at the buffer zone in front of the Pazarkule border crossing to Greece, in Edirne on March 3, 2020. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

[OPINION] The paradox of Japan

Mar 03, 2020 - 1:57 PM

While the upcoming summer Olympics is a big door Japan is opening to the world, it doesn’t do as much for the entry of foreign labor onto its shores

U.S. court suspends its block on Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:37 PM

'We will continue working to permanently end this unspeakably cruel policy,' says American Civil Liberties Union on the court order

'REMAIN IN MEXICO'. Migrants part of the 'Remain in Mexico' policy wait at the entrance to the Paso del Norte International Bridge on February 28, 2020, in Ciudad Juárez. Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

Critics slam U.K. post-Brexit immigration plans

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:48 AM

The new measures will make it easier for more qualified, English-speaking workers to get visas, and harder for low-skilled migrants to do so

BREXIT DISCORD. A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near Big Ben. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Italy Senate gives go-ahead to Salvini migrant trial

Feb 12, 2020 - 11:51 PM

A court in Sicily recommends that former interior minister Salvini stand trial for blocking migrants from disembarking from a coast guard boat in July 2019

TRIAL. Italian Lega party far-right leader Matteo Salvini gestures as he addresses the Senate on February 12, 2020, in Rome. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

U.K. police say 39 Vietnamese died from lack of oxygen, overheating

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:13 AM

The victims were found dead in a refrigeration trailer on October 23 last year

MIGRANT. This photograph taken on October 30, 2019 shows a Vietnamese migrant, who requested to remain anonymous and was deported from Britain, speaking during an interview with AFP at his home in Vietnam's Nghe An province. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

UK puts visas into pitch for post-Brexit trade with Africa

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:28 AM

Opening the first UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a clear pitch for business less than two weeks before Britain leaves the European Union

PITCH. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on January 20, 2020. Photo by Matt Dunham/Pool/AFP

Migrant slits own throat on U.S.-Mexico border

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:33 AM

The suicide occurred after the man was denied entry to the US at the bridge between the Mexican city of Reynosa and Pharr, Texas, says officials in Mexico

BORDER. A construction crew works on the US side of the US-Mexico border fence as seen from Tijuana, in Baja California state, Mexico, on April 24, 2019. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Finding love and jihad

Dec 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Many women are radicalized on Facebook, and an expert says they are now a permanent part of the jihadi structure

Rappler columnist Ana Santos among IOM 2019 Champions of Migration

Dec 22, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The International Organization for Migration and the Department of Foreign Affairs recognize Ana P. Santos along with Sister Rosa Angelica Libron, Dr Edna Estifania Co, and WarPeace Arnold

ANA P. SANTOS receives the 2019 Champions of Migration Award.

At the US-Mexican border, migrants give up hope of crossing

Dec 22, 2019 - 9:31 AM

60% of displaced people in camps wait their turn in tents, but more than a quarter are sleeping in the open air

LOSING HOPE. In the mud and biting cold of a makeshift camp in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, more than 1,000 Mexican migrants had been waiting for weeks, some for months, for a chance to file for asylum in the United States. Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP

French police clear 600 Tibetan migrants from camp outside Paris

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:54 PM

Tibetans have been fleeing their homeland for years because of a crackdown by the Chinese government, which crushed a revolt against Beijing's rule in 1959

ASYLUM SEEKERS. Tibetan asylum seekers gather in prayers to pay a tribute to one of them who died of disease the day before at the hospital, at a refugees and migrants makeshift camp set up by the Saint-Germain-en-Laye forest in Acheres, a suburban city some 40 kilometers west of Paris on December 2, 2019. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Vietnamese truck victim was at Dutch migrant center – report

Nov 23, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Authorities say the minor disappeared from the Dutch asylum shelter before his body was found inside a refrigerated truck in Britain

A police officer secures the cordon at at the scene where a lorry, believed to have originated from Bulgaria, and found to be containing 39 dead bodies, was discovered at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. - British police said 39 bodies were found near London Wednesday in the container of a truck thought to have come from Bulgaria. Essex Police said the people were all pronounced dead at the scene in an industrial park in Grays, east of London. Early indications suggest the victims are 38 adults and one teenager. A 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)