Archive for October, 2012

Maldives “enslaving” migrant workers by withholding passports, warns Indian official

October 19, 2012

A senior Indian diplomatic official in the Maldives has expressed concern over the ongoing practice of confiscating passports of migrant workers arriving to the country from across South Asia – likening the practice to slavery.

The diplomatic source, who wished not to be identified, has told Minivan News that although several government ministries were critical of the practice of withholding the passports of foreign staff coming to work in the country, the state had taken no action.

Maldives “enslaving” migrant workers by withholding passports, warns Indian official | Minivan News


200,000 Burmese Face Deportation from Thailand

October 17, 2012

About 200,000 illegal Burmese migrant workers are among some 400,000 illegal foreign workers who are due to be deported back to their respected countries in December this year, according to a report by the Bangkok Post, a Thailand-based newspaper.

Speaking with The Irrawaddy on Tuesday, Andy Hall, a migration expert at Mahidol University in Bangkok, said that the 200,000 Burmese nationals are those who haven’t completed the national verification process.

200,000 Burmese Face Deportation from Thailand | The Irrawaddy Magazine

Chinese Miners: Here they come!

October 17, 2012

Chinese Miners: Here they come!

Ontario Family fights for migrant worker

October 16, 2012

The family of a Peruvian man who is in a Hamilton hospital rehab centre after being injured in a February crash that killed 11 other migrant workers, wants the federal government to let him stay on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Family fights for migrant worker |

Thailand: 400,000 illegal migrants face deportation

October 16, 2012

Some 400,000 illegal migrant workers face the prospect of being deported after failing to undergo the nationality verification process, which expires on Dec 14.

Some 1.3 million out of 1.7 million migrant workers in the country have completed nationality verification, Labour Minister Padermchai Sasomsap said yesterday.

The remaining 400,000 migrant workers will be deported to their home countries if they fail to complete the verification process by the deadline, the minister said.

The ministry found that about 99,000 Lao migrant workers applying for nationality verification had not been approved to enter the process by Lao authorities.

400,000 illegal migrants face deportation | Bangkok Post: news

Canada: B.C coal mine’s temporary Chinese workers will be here for years

October 16, 2012

The hundreds of “temporary” foreign workers coming from China starting this autumn to work in northeastern B.C. coal mines will end up staying for years, if not decades, predicts the president of a B.C.-based employment agency.

And some of them may end up getting ripped off and even going home in caskets if the B.C. government doesn’t ensure proper regulation, said Kael Campbell, president of the Red Seal Group, a Victoria firm that helps match companies with skilled tradespeople across Canada.

B.C coal mine’s temporary Chinese workers will be here for years |

Central American caravan of hope for migrants

October 16, 2012

Relatives of Central American migrants who vanished while chasing the American dream began a journey across Mexico to call attention to thousands of missing people cases.
A caravan of 47 fathers, mothers and siblings of lost undocumented migrants made its first stop in Tenosique, in the southeastern state of Tabasco, where a Honduran mother was reunited with her son after a nine-year separation, AFP reports.
Silvia Campos had an emotional reunion with her son Serbelio Mateos, now a construction worker in Tabasco with a Mexican wife and children, said Ruben Figueroa, caravan organizer from the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement.
The caravan, dubbed Releasing Hope, left Guatemala on Sunday and is expected to arrive in Mexico City today.
The goal is to visit 14 of Mexico’s 32 federal entities in search of lost relatives from Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador.
About 140,000 Central Americans illegally enter Mexico’s southern frontier each year in the hope of reaching the distant United States up north, according to government figures.
The Mesoamerican Migrant Movement says some 70,000 Central Americans have disappeared in Mexico in the last six years, a period that coincides with the intensification of the country’s brutal drug war.
In August 2010, 72 undocumented migrants were killed in the town of San Fernando, in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, which borders the United States, allegedly after refusing to join a criminal gang.
“Since President Felipe Calderon’s war against organized crime began, the deaths and disappearances of Central American migrants crossing Mexico have not been investigated, denying the right to truth and justice to their relatives,” Figueroa alleged.

Caravan of hope searches for lost migrant workers – The Standard

2,000 Chinese miners on their way to British Columbia

October 13, 2012

An initial group of 200 Chinese citizens will begin to arrive in British Columbia in coming weeks to work at new mines in the western Canadian province.

The full time workers – whose number could grow to as many as 2,000 eventually – follow $1.4 billion in Chinese funding for two of four coal projects in the northeast of the province announced in November.

Up to 2,000 Chinese miners on their way to British Columbia to fill jobs Canadians can’t do safely |

US: 2 Mexican migrant workers file lawsuit against Eunice seafood

October 4, 2012


LAFAYETTE, La. — A federal lawsuit filed on behalf of two Mexican migrant workers alleges a crawfish and alligator processing facility in Eunice routinely paid the employees from $2 to $4 an hour for workdays that sometimes stretched for 15 hours.

2 Mexican migrant workers file lawsuit against Eunice seafood facility over wages

Migrant workers who survived deadly crash want to stay in Canada

October 4, 2012

Migrant workers who survived deadly crash want to stay in Canada | CTV News

Two migrant workers from Peru who survived a crash that killed 11 of their co-workers want to remain in Canada.

Juan Ariza and Javier Abelardo Alba-Medina were the lone survivors of a horrific crash in Hampstead, Ont., that killed 10 migrant workers and the driver of the van on Feb. 6.