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Filipino migrant farm workers, care workers join marches in cities across Canada

Jun 17, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Protest actions call for decent work, permanent resident status upon arrival, universal services, and an end to discrimination and displacement of migrant workers

PROTEST. Marisol Veridiano Bobadilla lost her status as a temporary foreign worker when she moved from Prince Edward Island to Ontario. A Filipino recruiter who charged her for '€œimmigration services'€ had promised her a job as a full-time care worker; she ended up as a mushroom picker without a work permit. Photo by Marites Sison

3.3 million people have fled Venezuela crisis – UN

Jun 08, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Venezuela suffers from shortages of food and medicine amid a power struggle between President Nicolas Maduro and interim president Juan Guaido

Venezuelans living in Peru take part in a rally in support of Venezualan opposition leader and self-declared acting president Juan Guaido in Lima on May 1, 2019. - Hundreds of Venezuelans in Peru gathered in solidarity to the protests in their home country called by Guaido to increase the pressure on President Nicolas Maduro’s government. (Photo by Cris BOURONCLE / AFP)

U.N. attacks 'ghastly' conditions in Libya migrant detention centers

Jun 07, 2019 - 9:21 PM

According to UN figures, some 3,400 migrants and refugees remain detained in Tripoli, which has seen a surge in fighting since early April

LIBYA MIGRANTS. A child of African migrants who fled battle zones in Libya peeks out from a window at a detention center in Zawiya, west of the capital Tripoli, on April 27, 2019. File photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Mexico blocks new caravan of Central American migrants

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Mexico's National Migration Institute says about 420 migrants – mostly from Honduras – were stopped and taken to a detention center by bus

Mexican Police officers block the way to Central American migrants -mostly from Honduras- wanting to reach the El Chaparral border crossing close to the Mexico-US border, in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on November 25, 2018. - US officials closed the San Ysidro crossing point in southern California on Sunday after hundreds of migrants, part of the "caravan" condemned by President Donald Trump, tried to breach a fence from Tijuana, authorities announced. (Photo by GUILLERMO ARIAS / AFP)

Fire in Bosnian migrant shelter injures 32

Jun 01, 2019 - 8:27 PM

Ale Siljdedic, Bosnia regional interior minister, says the blaze was 'doubtless' due to an electrical fault

Bangladeshi's diary spotlights struggles of Singapore migrant workers

May 25, 2019 - 2:41 PM

In his award-winning book, 'Stranger to Myself: Diary of a Bangladeshi in Singapore', M.D. Sharif Uddin writes about the tough life of migrant construction workers who are invisible to many in the affluent city-state

This photograph taken on April 15, 2019 shows Bangladeshi migrant worker M.D. Sharif Uddin holding his book and diary in Singapore. Toiling for long hours for meagre salaries and living in crowded dormitories, migrant construction workers have helped build modern-day Singapore but remain all but invisible to many in the affluent city-state. Now an award-winning book by Uddin is shining a rare light on the lives of labourers who have come in their thousands from poorer parts of Asia in search of a better future. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

60 migrants drown off Tunisia – Red Crescent

May 11, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'The migrants were transferred into a smaller inflatable boat which was overloaded, and 10 minutes later it sank,' says Mongi Slim, a Red Crescent official

Rescued migrants allowed to disembark in Malta, go on to Europe – PM

Apr 13, 2019 - 7:52 PM

All 62 migrants on the Alan Kurdi ship will be disembarked and redistributed between Germany, France, Portugal, and Luxembourg

350 migrants force their way into into Mexico as new caravan arrives

Apr 13, 2019 - 1:15 PM

"Today at 3:30 am," says the National Migration Institute, "a group of approximately 350 people broke violently across the Mexican border from Guatemala."

CARAVAN. Central American migrants heading in caravan to the US rest at the park Hidalgo in Tapachula in Mexico on April 12, 2019. Photo by Pep Companys / AFP

Filipino-Canadians demand justice for slain farmers in Negros

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:01 AM

The protest outside the Philippine Consulate in Toronto also calls for end to Canadian military aid to the Philippines

Photo by Marites Sison

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

24 years after Flor Contemplacion death, protest vs slavery held

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:42 AM

The fate of Flor Contemplacion, who was executed in Singapore on March 17, 1995, 'continues to reflect the plight of Filipino migrants'

EXECUTED IN SINGAPORE. Filipina maid Flor Contemplacion, shown here in an undated file photo, was executed in Singapore on March 17, 1995. File photo by AFP   EXECUTED IN SINGAPORE. Filipina maid Flor Contemplacion, shown here in an undated file photo, was executed in Singapore on March 17, 1995. File photo by AFP

Groups urge unity vs tyranny ahead of People Power anniversary

Feb 23, 2019 - 4:22 PM

(UPDATED) ‘We cannot allow the next generation of Filipinos to live in fear and violence. We stand against the Duterte government,’ says the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates

'ONE VOICE'. Church groups join others in a  rally to mark the 33rd EDSA People Power anniversary two days earlier, on February 23, 2019.  Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Australia announces reopening of offshore detention center

Feb 13, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison approves the reopening of the facility claiming new laws just passed by parliament would increase the number of people trying to arrive in Australia illegally

SCOTT MORRISON. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Migrant girls targeted in 2 Berlin assaults

Feb 10, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Authorities say the latest assault involved an unknown man repeatedly punching two Syrian girls, aged 15 and 16, in the face before running away

U.S. sends 3,750 more troops to Mexico border

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:56 AM

'The Department of Defense will deploy approximately 3,750 additional US forces to provide the additional support to CBP (Customs and Border Protection) at the southwest border that Acting Secretary of Defense (Pat) Shanahan approved Jan. 11,' a statement says

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 06, 2018 US Army troops enter a compound where the military is erecting an encampment near the US-Mexico border crossing at Donna, Texas. The United States will send an additional 3,750 troops to its border with Mexico, the Pentagon said February 3, 2019, bringing the total number of active duty forces to 4,350. "The Department of Defense will deploy approximately 3,750 additional US forces to provide the additional support to CBP (Customs and Border Protection) at the southwest border that Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan approved Jan. 11," it said.   Andrew Cullen / AFP

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

New caravan crosses Guatemala, first migrants enter Mexico

Jan 18, 2019 - 8:49 AM

The migrants are mostly fleeing poverty and crime in Central America's 'Northern Triangle' – El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

NEW CARAVAN. Honduran migrants heading to the United States with a second caravan travel aboard a truck in Rio Bravo, Suchitepequez 130 km south of Guatemala City, on January 17, 2019. Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

U.S. extends troop deployment at Mexico border

Jan 15, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The unusual deployment was supposed to end in mid-December, but the Department of Homeland Security asked that it be extended until January, a date which is now further prolonged

WATCHFUL. A soldier from the Kentucky-based 19th Engineer Battalion looks across the Rio Grande River from Laredo, Texas, into Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, where a group of people hang out on the river bank on November 17, 2018. File photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

Pope Francis urges EU leaders to show solidarity with migrants off Malta

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'I address a pressing appeal to European leaders that they show some concrete solidarity with respect to these people,' Pope Francis says

JUSTICE. Pope Francis vows to never again ignore allegations of abuse. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Mexico demands U.S. probe on use of force against migrants

Jan 04, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Around 100 migrants are involved in the New Year's border crossing attempt

PROBE. Central American migrants run away from tear gas thrown by the US border patrol, after they tried to cross from Tijuana to San Diego in the US, as seen from Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on January 1, 2019. File photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Around 100 Central Americans try to enter U.S. on New Year's Eve

Jan 01, 2019 - 7:29 PM

As night falls and people on both sides of the frontier prepare to celebrate New Year's Eve, the migrants try to cross over but at least two smoke bombs are hurled and they ultimately hold back

MIGRANTS. Central American migrants hoping to reach the United States in hopes of a better life, watch a movie on their cellphone during New Year's Eve at a temporary shelter in downtown Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on December 31, 2018. Photo by Guillermo Arias/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

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Dec 26, 2018 - 1:50 PM

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Body of Guatemalan migrant girl who died in U.S. custody returns home

Dec 24, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal while in United States custody reignites a debate on immigration policy and the treatment of migrants

Libya migrant rescue ship seeks Christmas port

Dec 23, 2018 - 8:09 PM

'There is no country willing so far to offer the people safe port,' Sea Watch says

Rescued migrants face Christmas at sea after Italy closes ports

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:33 PM

This area of the Mediterranean has been the most deadly for migrants attempting the crossing to Europe

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

Top U.S., Mexico diplomats meet in Washington amid migrant crisis

Dec 03, 2018 - 3:16 PM

The United States and Mexico are grappling with how to handle the thousands of Central American migrants who are camped at the common border -- in the short and long terms

MIGRATION. Central American migrants –mostly from Honduras – wanting to reach the United States in hope of a better life, remain at a shelter in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico on November 24, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP)

The week in photos: November 24-30, 2018

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:34 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WOMEN VS WOMEN. A Turkish female riot police officer reacts during clashes with women's rights activists as they try to march to Taksim Square to protest against gender violence in Istanbul on November 25, 2018, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Mexico deports scores of Central American migrants

Nov 26, 2018 - 11:09 PM

(UPDATED) US Border Patrol agents say 'numerous' migrants – mainly men – have made it across and 42 of them have been arrested

OVER THE WALL. A group of Central American migrants – mostly Hondurans – climb the border fence between Mexico and the United States, near El Chaparral border crossing, in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on November 25, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Mexico will hold U.S.-bound refugees while claims processed – Trump

Nov 25, 2018 - 8:53 AM

(UPDATED) Migrants seeking asylum in the United States via its southern border will need to wait in Mexico while their claims are processed

BETTER LIFE. Migrants from poor Central American countries moving towards the United States in hopes of a better life, walk along the road between Zapopan and Tequila in the Mexican state of Jalisco, on their trek north, on November 13, 2018. Photo by Ulises Ruiz/AFP

The week in photos: November 17-23, 2018

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

RAINY DEPARTURE. China's President Xi Jinping carries an umbrella while walking up a set of stairs to his plane as he departs from Manila at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on November 21, 2018. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Migrants defy Trump at Mexico border as U.S. forces flex muscle

Nov 23, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The increased tension over the presence of a thousands-strong migrant caravan comes as Donald Trump marks Thanksgiving Day by threatening to close the border if he thinks Mexico has lost control of it

AT THE BORDER. A group of Central American migrants - mostly from Honduras - moving towards the United States, rest near el Chaparral port of entry at the US-Mexico border after a demonstration as Federal Police guards in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on November 22, 2018. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

U.S. troops limited to batons on Mexico border

Nov 22, 2018 - 10:15 PM

American troops on the border with Mexico can intervene to quell violence but will be armed only with batons, says Defense Minister Jim Mattis

WATCHFUL. A soldier from the Kentucky-based 19th Engineer Battalion looks across the Rio Grande River from Laredo, Texas, into Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, where a group of people hang out on the river bank on November 17, 2018. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

U.N. urges more efforts to integrate migrant children in schools

Nov 20, 2018 - 7:28 PM

'Education is the key to inclusion and cohesion,' says UNESCO's chief Audrey Azoulay

INCLUSIVE. UNESCO staff Mr Folin-Calabi with children at the Al Buraq school in Gaza, October 2018. Photo by Motaz Alaaraj/UNESCO

U.S. federal judge blocks Trump asylum claim restrictions

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:40 PM

(UPDATED) US District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issues a temporary restraining order against the Trump proclamation, thus granting a request from human rights groups that have sued shortly after the order was announced

US President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Helsinki, on July 15, 2018 on the eve of a summit in Helsinki between the US President and his Russian counterpart. / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / Heikki Saukkomaa / Finland OUT

The week in photos: November 10-16, 2018

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

FASCINATING. Russia's Tiffani Zagorski (left) and Jonathan Guerreiro perform during the ice dance free dance event at the figure skating NHK Trophy in Hiroshima on November 11, 2018. (Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

White House bars CNN reporter after heated Trump exchange

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:29 AM

(UPDATED) A visibly angry Donald Trump has called reporter Jim Acosta a 'rude, terrible person,' after the CNN White House correspondent refused the president's orders to sit down and give up the microphone during a news conference

CLASH. US President Donald Trump (R) gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (C) as NBC correspondent Peter Alexander (L) looks on during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

The week in photos: October 27-November 2, 2018

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:26 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

MIGRANTS. A view of Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the US resting in a basketball pitch in San Pedro Tapanatepec, Oaxaca, Mexico on October 28, 2018.  Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Thousands of U.S. troops head for southern border

Oct 30, 2018 - 9:24 AM

The move represents a massive military buildup along the border, where some 2,000 National Guardsmen are already working to provide assistance to overwhelmed authorities

BORDER. US riot police officers take part in a border security drill at the US-Mexico international bridge, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on October 29, 2018. Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

1,000 Honduran migrants break Guatemala police cordon

Oct 29, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Guatemala's human rights ombudsman, Jordan Rodas, calls on his country's authorities in a statement to 'protect' the rights of Hondurans during their stay in the country

MIGRATION TROUBLES. Honduran migrants taking part in a caravan heading to the US, tear down the border fence between Ciudad Tecun Uman in Guatemala and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on October 28, 2018. Photo by Santiago Billy/AFP

Maduro calls U.S. vice president 'a madman' for linking Venezuela to caravan

Oct 25, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Nicolas Maduro, the socialist president of Venezuela, says 'imperialist paranoia' leads the US 'to accuse Maduro and Venezuela of everything that happens to them'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during a rally in Caracas on February 7, 2018. Maduro launched Wednesday a political movement to promote his candidacy for reelection. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA

Family border crossings surge to 'crisis' levels – White House

Oct 24, 2018 - 3:49 PM

US Customs and Border Protection says it has apprehended 16,658 people who arrived in the country in families last month, some 900 more than August and nearly 12,000 more than September one year ago

AT THE BORDER. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle illuminates a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Trump to cut Central America aid as migrant caravan rolls on

Oct 23, 2018 - 2:00 AM

(UPDATED) The United Nations say more than 7,000 people are now heading toward the United States

A Honduran migrant taking part in a caravan heading to the US, leans against the border fence as he waits to cross the border from Ciudad Tecun Uman in Guatemala, to Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on October 22, 2018. President Donald Trump on Monday called the migrant caravan heading toward the US-Mexico border a national emergency, saying he has alerted the US border patrol and military. ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP

Mexico allows caravan women, children in, but thousands still stranded

Oct 21, 2018 - 2:34 PM

Migrants are generally fleeing poverty and insecurity in Honduras, where powerful street gangs rule their turf with brutal violence

STRANDED. Aerial view of a Honduran migrant caravan heading to the US, on the Guatemala-Mexico international border bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 20, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Trump threatens to send U.S. military against immigrant 'onslaught'

Oct 19, 2018 - 2:00 AM

US president Donald Trump says he will order his soldiers to close the Mexican border 'to stop this onslaught'

19 killed as migrant vehicle crashes in Turkey

Oct 14, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Numbers of migrants crossing into Europe have fallen since 2015 but people are still undertaking what is a highly perilous journey

Making their blood boil: Netizens rage over Bertiz’s period excuse

Oct 01, 2018 - 10:33 PM

Men and women alike point out that having a monthly period is not a valid reason for ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz's rude behavior

OUT FOR BLOOD. Netizens express their disapproval over ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz's excuse for his behavior.

Italian minister faces probe into treatment of stranded migrants

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:33 AM

Prosecutors confirms that Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini refused to allow more than 100 rescued Diciotti migrants off a coastguard ship in August

FAR RIGHT. Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Moscow on July 16, 2018. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP