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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)

UK police make new arrest in Vietnamese migrants case

Nov 22, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Essex Police says a 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland had been held on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration

MIGRANT DEATHS. 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. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

41 migrants found alive in refrigerated truck in Greece

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:11 PM

Police say the migrants, of apparent Afghan origin, are mostly in good condition but 7 received first aid in the hospital

Migrants found alive in refrigerated truck in Belgium

Oct 31, 2019 - 1:05 PM

The discovery comes as British police investigate the deaths of 39 people whose bodies were found a week ago in another refrigerated truck parked east of London

STOWAWAYS? This photograph taken on October 24, 2019, shows container docks at the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. Photo by Kurt Desplenter/BELGA/AFP

Truck driver remanded at UK court over 39 dead migrants

Oct 28, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Maurice Robinson, a 25-year-old from Northern Ireland, is charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, money laundering, and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration

PROBE. British Police forensics officers work on lorry, found to be containing 39 dead bodies, at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Vietnam collects DNA samples from relatives of UK missing

Oct 27, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Authorities say they would try to fast track DNA testing, but warned results would not be immediately available

Flowers are pictured by a road sign on Eastern Avenue at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, east of London, on October 23, 2019, after the discovery of a lorry containing 39 dead bodies. - Britain launched a major murder investigation after 39 bodies were found Wednesday in a truck from Bulgaria, as police tried to establish where the victims were originally from. All victims were pronounced dead at the scene in an industrial park in Grays, east of London, triggering revulsion among politicians and once again putting the spotlight on the shadowy people trafficking business. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Ambitious and broke, Vietnam migrants risk lives for riches in Europe

Oct 27, 2019 - 4:26 PM

The dangers of illegal crossings into Europe are laid bare when 39 people were found dead in a refrigerated truck in Britain in October 2019

FEARED DEAD. A portrait of 26-year-old Pham Thi Tra My, who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, is kept on a prayer altar inside her house in Vietnam's Ha Tinh province on October 26, 2019. Photo by AFP

Hong Kong's domestic workers dodge tear gas and clashes

Oct 18, 2019 - 3:16 PM

Over the last 4 months of huge and increasingly violent pro-democracy rallies, the areas where domestic workers rest on Sundays have frequently become battlegrounds for police and protesters

This picture taken on October 6, 2019 shows Indonesian migrant worker Marsanah (C) sitting with her friends on their day off at Victoria Park in Hong Kong. There are more than 370,000 domestic workers, overwhelmingly women from Indonesia and the Philippines, who keep Hong Kong ticking, often toiling for little pay and living in cramped conditions. But over the last four months of huge and increasingly violent pro-democracy rallies, the areas where domestic workers rest on Sundays have frequently become battlegrounds between police and protesters. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Qatar to end controversial migrant worker restrictions

Oct 17, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Qatar has introduced a series of reforms to its 'kafala' sponsorship system since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which set in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers

QATAR. Migrant workers are seen walking next to a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Ever since being chosen as the 2022 World Cup host, Qatar's labor laws have been internationally condemned and kafala has been at the heart of that criticism. AFP photo

Greek police evict over 200 migrants from Athens squats

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:54 PM

Some 230 people, including 70 children, are removed and taken to the police headquarters for identification, Athens municipal radio reported

GREEK POLICE. An anti-riot police officer detains a protester in Exarchia district in central Athens on September 14, 2019. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

In victory for Trump, top U.S. court permits asylum restrictions

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:58 PM

The US Supreme Court's decision – temporarily in effect while lower court proceedings play out – is a victory for Trump's restrictive immigration policies

SEPARATED. Asylum seeker children from Mexico and Central America play at Juventud 2000 migrant shelter in Tijuana on June 20, 2018. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

U.S. judge blocks Trump move on asylum-seekers

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:15 AM

The ruling by District Court Judge Jon Tigar is the latest setback for Trump's immigration policies, which have been the subject of numerous court challenges

DROPPED OFF. In this file photo taken on June 17, 2018 immigrants wait to head to a nearby Catholic Charities relief center after being dropped off at a bus station shortly after release from detention through 'catch and release' immigration policy in McAllen, Texas. File photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

In Lesbos, fears of new migrant influx return

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Locals in a Greek island fear a repeat of the 2015 European migrant crisis as the number of migrant-loaded boats booms in recent weeks

MIGRANT CRISIS. A migrant woman walks with her children outside the official refugee camp of Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos, on August 31, 2019. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

U.S. to allow indefinite detention of migrant children – DHS

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:38 PM

The move is aimed at deterring migrant expectations that they will be released after being arrested by the US border authorities and able to disappear into the US population

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

Spain offers to take Open Arms migrant vessel

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez cites the 'urgent situation' on the vessel and the 'inconceivable decision by the Italian authorities... to close all its ports' to the migrants

The Spanish migrant rescue NGO ship Open Arms is seen off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa on August 17, 2019. - Twenty-seven unaccompanied minors have been authorised to leave a migrant rescue vessel in limbo off Italy, the Spanish charity operating the ship said. Italian Far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that he could authorise the "alleged" minors to leave the Open Arms ship despite such a move being "divergent to my orientation." (Photo by Alessandro SERRANO / AFP) / Italy OUT

Italy to release stranded migrants after EU deal reached

Jul 31, 2019 - 8:02 PM

(UPDATED) An EU Commission spokeswoman says France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Portugal will join the Italian Roman Catholic church in caring for the migrants

EU. A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Dozens of migrants still stuck on vessel in Italy port

Jul 28, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Authorities refuse to let more than 130 migrants disembark until a deal is struck with the European Union

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

U.S. VP Pence visits overcrowded migrant camp, deplores 'crisis'

Jul 13, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Democrats bow to pressure as Congress approves $4.6 billion in emergency aid for Trump's border funding request

MIGRANT CAMPS. Protesters hold signs as they block a street in front of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) office during a demonstration against migrant detention facilities on July 2, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. to probe alleged abuse of migrant children by border agents

Jul 11, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The US Customs and Border Protection agency, which has faced severe criticism over its treatment of detained migrants, says it takes 'all allegations seriously'

RALLYING. People listen to speakers during a rally on June 22, 2019 in Lawton, Oklahoma to protest the military base, Fort Sill, being used to house 1,400 migrant children. File photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

2 U.S. Marines arrested for migrant trafficking

Jul 10, 2019 - 2:02 PM

They are charged with having transported 3 undocumented migrants about 6 miles over the border

Europe's once biggest migrant center closes in Italy

Jul 10, 2019 - 12:04 AM

Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini says the future is 'in smaller and more controlled centers,' after the final inhabitants were removed last week to be sent to another center in Calabria

MINEO. A view of the 24-hectare complex of the Cara Mineo, a hosting center for asylum seekers. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

U.S. Dept of Homeland Security requests 1,000 soldiers to manage migrant crisis

Jul 09, 2019 - 12:43 PM

The Pentagon says they had been asked to authorize the Texas National Guard to lend support to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials, who say they are overwhelmed by the numbers of refugees crossing the southern US border

MIGRANT DETENTION CENTERS. In this file photo taken on July 1, 2019 two women stand close to a Border Patrol Station as 15 members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus gathered to tour Border Patrol facilities and migrant detention centers in Clint, Texas. Photo by Luke Montavon/AFP

Pope Francis tells migrant mass 'no one exempt' from helping

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:36 AM

The Pope says 'the weakest and most vulnerable must be helped...This is a tremendous responsibility, from which no one is exempt'

BLESSING. This photo taken and handout on July 8, 2019 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis blessing a child as he celebrates a mass for migrants on July 8, 2019 in the Vatican. Handout/Vatican Media/AFP

U.N. rights chief 'shocked' by conditions at U.S. migrant detention centers

Jul 08, 2019 - 9:52 PM

A Department of Homeland Security report has warned of 'dangerous overcrowding' in multiple detention facilities holding thousands of migrants seeking to remain in the United States

PROTEST. Protesters hold signs as they block a street in front of US Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) office during a demonstration against migrant detention facilities on July 2, 2019 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Trump says migrant detention centers to open to media

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:32 AM

'I'm going to start showing some of these detention centers to the press. I want the press to go in and see them,' Trump tells reporters in Morristown, New Jersey

BORDER PATROL STATIONS. A Border Patrol Station is pictured as 15 members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus gathered to tour Border Patrol facilities and migrant detention centers on July 1, 2019 in Clint, Texas. Photo by Luke Montavon/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

Outcry as dozens killed in air strike on Libya migrant center

Jul 03, 2019 - 8:06 PM

(UPDATED) The strike 'clearly could constitute a war crime,' says UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame

CONDEMNATION. Migrants walk out of a hangar used as a temporary shelter at a migrant detention center used by the Libyan Government of National Accord in the capital Tripoli's southern suburb of Tajoura on July 3, 2019, following an air strike on a nearby building that left dozens killed the previous night. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Bodies of drowned migrant man, daughter back in El Salvador

Jul 01, 2019 - 10:29 AM

A shocking photo of the lifeless bodies of Oscar Alberto Martinez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria lying face down in the Rio Grande has fueled concern and outrage around the world

FATHER-DAUGHTER. The corpses of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Martinez (left) and his daughter Angie Valeria are transported to the forensic service in Matamoros, Tamaulipas State, Mexico on June 26, 2019, after they were found drowned. Photo by Marco Rodriguez/AFP

'Many injured' in Morocco migrant camp blaze

Jun 30, 2019 - 10:38 PM

'There was a fight between a hundred migrants over a stolen phone, and one of them started the fire and called the police,' says the community leader of the migrant camp

Father, daughter drowning fuels anger at Trump migration policies

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:25 AM

The intertwined bodies in the viral photo are those of asylum-seeker Oscar Alberto Martinez, 25, and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria. They drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico into Texas.

The corpses of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Martinez (L) and his daughter Angie Valeria (R) are transported to the forensic service in Matamoros, Tamaulipas State, Mexico on June 26, 2019, after they were found drowned. - The poignant pictures of Ramirez and his daughter, discovered face-down on the banks of the Rio Grande between Mexico and the United States, shocked the world on Wednesday and has sparked outrage back home in El Salvador, where around 200 migrants like them leave for the United States daily, preparing to take similar risks. (Photo by Marco Rodriguez / AFP)

U.S. border chief quits amid outcry over child detainees

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:56 AM

John Sanders, appointed to the post just two months ago, says in a letter obtained by several US media outlets that he planned to step down as acting US Customs and Border Protection commissioner on July 5

Migrant children from different Latin American wait to receive food at the Casa del Refugiado, or The House of Refugee, a new centre opened by the Annunciation House to help the large flow of migrants being released by the United States Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso, Texas on April 24, 2019. The 125,000 foot space will accomodate about 500 migrants, with plans to expand for up to 1,500. While this is larger then other centres in the El Paso area, Father Ruben Garcia the director of Annunciation house says that they will still rely on churches around the community for help housing migrants. According to the CBP, border patrol agents apprehended 92,607 people along the southwest border in March, up from 66,884 in February. US President Donald Trump, who has made immigration the core of his message to his conservative base, said on Twitter that "a very big Caravan of over 20,000 people" is making its way through Mexico toward the United States. Paul Ratje / AFP

Italy holds Netherlands, EU 'responsible' for migrant boat

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:45 PM

The Dutch-flagged rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 has been stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12

Who is the Filipino? The complex identities of migrants

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:54 PM

Jasmine Shewakramani, a full-blooded Indian born and raised in the Philippines, could not call herself Filipino for a long, long time

PH, Nepal human rights bodies vow stronger cooperation on migrant workers' rights

Jun 20, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the partnership is 'more than welcome' as the Philippines and Nepal are two countries facing challenges when it comes to foreign labor

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