Singapore helps migrant workers track income after reports of unpaid wages

By Dewey Sim Undated, Feb 22 : Singapore will help migrant workers set up bank accounts to ensure wages are paid after a report by a support group found some employers skipped town without paying their workers. The wealthy city-state with a rapidly ageing population of 5.6 million relies on a large number of temporary […]

Macron plans tighter asylum rules in test of parliamentary majority

By Julie Carriat and Ingrid Melander PARIS, Feb 21 : President Emmanuel Macron’s government on Wednesday proposed toughening France’s immigration and asylum laws despite strident criticism from human rights groups, in a move that will test the unity of his left-and-right majority. The bill will double to 90 days the time in which illegal migrants […]

Pope decries anti-migrant violence after neo-Nazi shooting shakes Italy

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Feb 6 : Pope Francis urged Catholics on Tuesday to reflect on the causes of violence against migrants during the approaching season of Lent, in an appeal days after a shooting attack on Africans further inflamed Italy’s election campaign. In his message for Lent, during which the faithful are called […]

U.N. evacuates refugees to Italy from Libya for first time

By Roberto Mignucci and Steve Scherer PRATICA DI MARE, Italy, Dec 22 : The United Nations began bringing African refugees to Italy from Libya on Friday, evacuating them from detention centres whose conditions have been condemned by humanitarian groups as inhumane. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have fled conflict or poverty at home and are […]

Beijing evictions leave migrant workers in limbo as winter deepens

By Christian Shepherd and Natalie Thomas BEIJING, Dec 15 : Winter is bringing a frigid existence and an uncertain future for migrant workers in Beijing deprived of electricity and heating as they resist a month-long campaign to evict them from the city’s urban villages. A deadly fire in a hamlet of ramshackle dwellings on the […]

US quits talks on global migration pact over sovereignty clash

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Dec 3 : The United States has quit negotiations on a voluntary pact to deal with migration because the global approach to the issue was “simply not compatible with US sovereignty,” said US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. In a statement released late on Saturday, the US mission […]