More illegal migrants arrested in Kanchanaburi
KANCHANABURI: Local officials arrested five illegal Myanmar migrants and a Thai trafficker as they were sneaking into the country in Muang district on Thursday. Acting on tipoff, officials were waiting for the group at Ban Huay Nam Khao in tambon Ban Kao, which borders Myanmar. On Thursday afternoon they signalled a silver Isuzu pickup truck registered in Kanchanaburi to pull over for a search, but it sped away. With police in pursuit, the pickup was stopped by a road block at a sugarcane plantation in Moo 9 village of Dan Makham Tia district about 3pm. The five people in the truck, four Myanm...
The Bangkok Post
32 migrants rescued, 2 missing off Greek island of Lesbos
A search and rescue operation has been launched in the eastern Aegean Sea after a dinghy carrying migrants either sank or overturned off the Greek island of Lesbos, the Greek coast guard said Wednesday.It said 32 people — 15 men, 14 women and three children — had been rescued from the sea, while two women were missing.The migrants were located during a routine patrol early Wednesday.Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi issued a statement expressing his "sorrow for the shipwreck ... and the loss of human lives."He did not specify how many people he thought had died.The coast guard said there was ...
French ships pull 64 migrants from Channel
Sixty-four migrants including a pregnant woman and several children were rescued in the English Channel in the past 24 hours as they were seeking to reach Britain aboard rickety vessels, French maritime authorities said Sunday.A first group of 45 migrants were spotted Saturday off of Leffrinckoucke, near the northern French port of Dunkirk, aboard a small craft "in difficulty", a first statement by the French prefecture in charge of the Channel and North Sea said.Several "appeared to be in a state of hypothermia" after being brought aboard a patrol ship, it said.First responders and border pol...
Turkish FM says Islamophobia rising 'like never before'
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday said the year 2020 has seen an unprecedented rise in Islamophobia, according to the country's state-run agency.Speaking on challenges presented by the pandemic this year, the official said the year had been especially difficult for Muslims who have faced 'rising' Islamophobia.Speaking at a council of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Niger, Cavusoglu raised concerns over what he said was a rising trend of anti-Islam and anti-migrant narratives – particularly in Europe."However, migrants and Muslims continue to contribute to th...
Deported Mexican migrants dream of change under Biden
Mexico City (AFP) - Mauricio Lopez was deported to Mexico after spending most of his life in the United States. Now he hopes against the odds that Joe Biden's administration will let him return.The 26-year-old English teacher is one of thousands of migrants known as "dreamers" who as children were taken to the US by their parents.Like many Mexicans who were expelled, in particular under outgoing President Donald Trump, Lopez is hoping that President-elect Biden will push for changes that protect undocumented migrants."It would be good for us if he relaxes immigration laws ... if there are asyl...
An idea that divides the nation
Filipinos belong to the Malay race that descended from the seafaring Austronesian migrants who populated the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Pacific Islands between 5,000 and 1,500 BCE. The exception is the tiny population of Aeta who preceded the Austronesians in the Philippines. Filipinos are almost wholly a homogenous people, with the same DNA that can be traced back to the Austronesians. Filipinos are indigenous people of the Philippines since they can genetically trace back their ancestry to the ancient Austronesian migrants.While Spain colonized the Philippines for over...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
Coronavirus pandemic rages in Sabah as migrants flee testing
COVID-19 | Some flee on boats. Some hide in the stilts under their homes. Others run into the woods.All across the state of Sabah on Borneo island, stateless residents and undocumented migrants are fleeing public health officials conducting coronavirus screenings, fearful of being detained or deported.The race to tackle Covid-19 in Sabah, Malaysia's biggest palm oil-producing state, is being complicated by an estimated one million undocumented migrants and stateless residents who account for a third of the population.Sabah accounts for nearly half of Malaysia's 54,775 recorded Covid-19 infecti...
More migrants risk deadly route to Canary Islands due to pandemic
The burnt-down Moria camp, boats full of migrants picked up in the Mediterranean or people crossing the river Evros between Greece and Turkey: These are the familiar images that dominate reporting on migration. But 4,000 kilometres from camps on the Greek island Lesbos, a new humanitarian catastrophe is brewing.Since the start of 2020, almost 14,000 migrants have reached the Canary Islands, which belong to Spain and are located just off Africa's western coast. According to the Spanish Interior Ministry, these figures are seven times higher than they were last year.Local leader Roman Rodriguez ...
Top Spain court backs rapid migrant deportations
Spain's Constitutional Court on Thursday backed the rapid deportation of migrants who illegally enter the country's North African enclaves, Ceuta and Melilla, a practice criticised by rights groups.The court said in a statement that it had validated almost all of a 2015 security law, including allowing for the immediate return of migrants who illegally cross over into the two small territories from Morocco.On the Mediterranean coast, Ceuta and Melilla are the European Union's only land borders with Africa.Each year, thousands of migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, try to scale the fences...
What does the Sudan-Israel peace deal mean for Sudanese migrants?
Ali Abaker Adam, dressed in a natty striped button-down shirt and dress shoes, strides across Levinsky Park in south Tel Aviv. He’s a sharp contrast to many of the asylum-seekers who hang out here – a few of them are homeless and even live in the park.Adam has an MA in human rights law from the Hebrew University and is one of the spokesmen of the 6,200 Sudanese asylum-seekers in Israel. Most have been here for close to a decade, and say they eventually want to return home. But they say it is too soon, and they worry that the Israeli government will use the normalization agreement with Sudan as...
Jpost.com - The Jerusalem Post online edition