Migrants' lives in peril as Italy  ends sea rescues

Nov 1, 2014

Migrants' lives in peril as Italy ends sea rescues

Italy said Friday it will close a sea rescue mission that has saved the lives of more than 100,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East, a move one rights group warned could lead to a “surge of deaths” in the Mediterranean. Interior Minister ...

Oct 27, 2014

U.S. immigrant claims sanctuary in Denver church basement

A Mexican man who is living in a Denver church basement has claimed sanctuary to avoid deportation. First Unitarian Society of Denver on Sunday officially welcomed Arturo Hernandez Garcia, who is living in the United States illegally. The Denver Post reports that Garcia left ...

Oct 23, 2014

Switzerland to nix 'stripper' visas

Switzerland announced Wednesday that it would stop issuing special work permits for foreign strippers, who hail from countries such as Russia, the Dominican Republic and Thailand. The government said that the eight-month permits would no longer be granted after the end of 2015, on ...

Oct 22, 2014

Switzerland top destination for expats: poll

Switzerland is the world’s favorite destination among expats, followed by Singapore and China, a poll on quality of life conducted for HSBC bank revealed Wednesday. “Many Switzerland-based expats mentioned the better work-life balance, availability of outdoor activities and the family-centric culture as the reasons ...

Oct 20, 2014

Amnesty slams 'abuse' of migrant workers in South Korea

Migrant farm workers in South Korea face rampant abuse under a “shameful” government work permit system that encourages exploitation, Amnesty International said in a report published on Monday. The report, which the South Korean Labour Ministry suggested was exaggerated, came on the heels of ...

Oct 4, 2014

Malaysia discovers 155 Uighurs crammed into two apartments

Malaysian authorities have detained 155 Uighurs, more than half of them children, who were found crammed into two apartments in Kuala Lumpur, immigration officials said. The Uighurs, a Muslim people from China’s far-western region of Xinjiang, were discovered when officers from Malaysia’s Immigration Department ...

Oct 3, 2014

Australia to probe sex abuse claims at refugee center on Nauru

Australia will investigate sexual abuse claims at its refugee detention center on Nauru, the government said on Friday, while removing 10 aid workers from the South Pacific island following reports of coaching detainees to commit self-harm protests. Australia’s tough policies aimed at stopping asylum ...

Oct 3, 2014

U.S. immigration lockup hit with sex abuse allegations

Attorneys have filed complaints with federal immigration officials alleging sexual abuse and harassment at a Texas immigration lockup that houses women and their children. Lawyers with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the University of Texas Law School are representing immigrants ...