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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

Blocked from Europe, migrants settle in Morocco

Dec 26, 2017 - 7:27 PM

Morocco has turned from a transit country into a host country for immigrants, according to the government's High Commission for Planning

STAYING IN MOROCCO. African migrants opt to settle in Morocco amid difficulty to enter Europe.

Pope Francis pleads for migrants at Christmas Mass

Dec 25, 2017 - 9:29 AM

In the Philippines, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urges Filipinos to remember people suffering from calamities, including typhoon victims

CHRISTMAS EVE. Pope Francis kisses a figurine of the Baby Jesus during a Christmas Eve Mass on December 24, 2017, at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Rappler journalists win ILO global media awards

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:01 PM

Rappler journalists Camille Elemia, Ana Santos, and Sofia Tomacruz win the International Labour Organization 2017 Global Media Competition on Labor Migration for coverage on fair recruitment of migrant workers

DOLE urged to probe foreign-backed recruitment firms using 'illegal agents'

Dec 18, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Recruitment firms owned by Filipino dummies are reportedly recruiting aspiring domestic workers in Mindanao

PROBE. The Department of Labor and Employment is urged to look into recruitment agencies owned by Filipino dummies. File photo

Amnesty accuses Europe of 'complicity' in abuse of Libya migrants

Dec 12, 2017 - 7:15 AM

AI accuses European governments of 'actively supporting a sophisticated system of abuse and exploitation of refugees and migrants' to prevent them from crossing the Mediterranean

HOPEFUL MIGRANTS. A picture taken on November 27, 2017 shows African migrants waiting outside in a courtyard at the Tariq Al-Matar detention centre on the outskirts of the Libyan capital Tripoli. Taha Jawashi/AFP

No single 'out of Africa' migration for humans – study

Dec 08, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Multiple migrations out of Africa, beginning 120,000 years ago, gave rise to the modern population of people, says the findings in the US journal Science

NEANDERTHAL. Visitors look at 'El Neandertal Emplumado', a scientificly based impression of the face of a Neanderthal who lived some 50,000 years ago by Italian scientist Fabio Fogliazza during the inauguration of the exhibition 'Cambio de Imagen' (Change of Image) at the Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos on June 10, 2014. File photo by Cesar Manso/AFP

Big changes for Florida with mass Puerto Rican immigration

Dec 04, 2017 - 10:35 AM

Since Hurricane Maria struck, at least 212,000 people have traveled from Puerto Rico to Florida – mainly central Florida

LEAVING ON A JET PLANE. Cristina Sanchez, 43, waits to board a flight to Orlando, Florida at a Luis Munoz Marin International Airport terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico on November 30, 2017. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Libya slavery scandal overshadows EU-Africa summit

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:19 AM

The summit comes just two weeks after US network CNN aired footage of black Africans sold as slaves in Libya, sparking outrage around the world

SUMMIT PREPS. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) arrives to greet Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara (2L) and Guinea's President and African Union (AU) chairman Alpha Conde (2R) next to African Union (AU) Commission chairman Moussa Faki (L) and European Council President Donald Tusk during the 5th African Union - European Union (AU-EU) summit in Abidjan, on November 29, 2017. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

UN to discuss tougher response to Libya slave auctions – France

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:01 AM

The UN Security Council must take stronger measures, possibly including sanctions, to put a stop to slave auctions in Libya, France says

MIGRANTS. A picture taken on November 27, 2017 shows African migrants waiting outside in a courtyard at the Tariq Al-Matar detention centre on the outskirts of the Libyan capital Tripoli. Taha Jawashi/AFP

Civic groups offer 10 recommendations to make ASEAN inclusive

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:56 PM

ASEAN civil society groups say that the protection of human rights in the region is 'inadequate'

Pact on migrant workers' rights is PH gift to ASEAN

Nov 11, 2017 - 12:19 AM

This 'is a centerpiece of the Philippine chairmanship' of ASEAN, says DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar

MIGRANT WORKERS. A consensus on migrant workers' rights 'is a centerpiece of the Philippine chairmanship' of ASEAN, says DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Why ASEAN must intervene in the Rohingya crisis

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:59 PM

'Nearly 5 years later, this issue is now a full-blown humanitarian crisis and it’s time for the Association of South-East Asian nations (ASEAN) to present a regional response'

REGIONAL ISSUE. The Rohingya issue is no longer just Myanmar's but the whole of ASEAN's.

The silent struggle of returning OFWs

Oct 28, 2017 - 11:00 AM

After years of living alone abroad, how do OFWs adjust to family life in the Philippines?

HOMECOMING. OFWs face financial and psychological challenges when they return to the Philippines. Rappler file photo

ASEAN urged to protect 'invisible' domestic workers

Oct 26, 2017 - 3:47 PM

There are 10 million domestic workers, making up 20% of the total migrant workforce in the region

Over 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, UN says

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Authorities in Bangladesh are bracing for another possible surge in Rohingya arrivals

Rohingya Muslim refugees wait to receive food distributed by a Turkish aid agency at Thaingkhali refugee camp in Ukhia on October 21, 2017. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims stranded near Bangladesh's border this week after fleeing violence in Myanmar have finally been permitted to enter refugee camps after "strict screening", officials said on Ocotber 19. / AFP PHOTO / TAUSEEF MUSTAFA

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Francis says love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and throws his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration

POPE AT FAO. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, on October 16, 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

PH can be ASEAN model for migration policies – World Bank

Oct 09, 2017 - 2:22 PM

A new World Bank study says ASEAN countries should reform their migration policies to boost labor mobility and promote the welfare of migrant workers in the region

MIGRATION. OFWs ready to leave the Philippines for better income opportunities. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

10,000 Rohingya poised to move to Bangladesh as exodus swells again

Oct 03, 2017 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) Over 500,000 Rohingya have streamed into Bangladesh in just the past 5 weeks, and numbers are again swelling, raising doubt about the practicality of a Myanmar proposal to begin repatriating them

A Rohingya Muslim refugee holds her baby at the registration center after she crossed the border from Myanmar, in Teknaf, Bangladesh on October 2, 2017. Fred Dufour/AFP