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August remittances down 0.6 pct, first drop in 12 years

Posted by jaypee 42 days ago Philippines
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MANILA - Remittances sent by Filipinos working abroad fell for the first time in 12 years in August.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said cash remittances in August hit $2.04 billion, 0.6 percent lower than the $2.06 billion in the same month last year.

The drop in monthly cash remittances was the first since April 2003, central bank data showed.

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Indonesia denies domestic worker recall from MENA

Posted by jaypee 42 days ago Indonesia
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An Indonesian source has refuted rumors that Indonesian expatriates are banned from returning to their sponsors after their vacation in Indonesia.

The Indonesian government in May this year decided to stop Indonesian housemaids from going for work to 21 countries in the Middle East, the source said.

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Businessmen fleeced of RM300,000 by bogus foreign worker agent

Posted by jaypee 43 days ago Malaysia
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KUALA LUMPUR: Traders and business owners may have been collectively conned of RM300,000 by a man masquerading as a foreign workers agent, identified as Danny Sim.

Steel works factory owner Soh Kok Guan said it is unknown how many businesses were cheated by the conman as many have refused to come forward, but he estimated the monetary value by adding up the amount Read More


Liberal Russell Broadbent calls for end to 'unacceptable' detention of children

Posted by jaypee 45 days ago Australia
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Liberal backbencher Russell Broadbent has thrown down the gauntlet to his own side of politics by labelling the indefinite detention of asylum seeker children “unacceptable”.

Broadbent told ABC Radio on Monday morning that public opinion has shifted on the indefinite detention of asylum seekers, warning that politicians must keep up.

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TU's migrant worker education kicks off

Posted by jaypee 47 days ago Thailand
http://www.nationmultimedia.com — THAI UNION Group (TU) is promoting knowledge of labour and social-welfare regulations among its migrant employees through cooperation with the Migrant Worker Rights Network (MWRN).

The long-term labour-empowerment programme targets workers, mainly those from Myanmar, who are working at TU facilities in Thailand.

They will be educated on labour and social-welfare rights accordin Read More


Rohingya trafficking victims endure stress of limbo, stranded in Thailand

Posted by jaypee 48 days ago Thailand
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RATTAPHUM, Thailand (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The strapping 23-year-old Rohingya Muslim was matter of fact as he described being forced onto a boat in Myanmar for a tortuous two-month-long journey, beaten and kicked by traffickers as he watched scores die of starvation and thirst along the way.

He said he w Read More


Manus Island detainees 'have not been told' of Philippines resettlement plan

Posted by jaypee 48 days ago Australia
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Asylum seekers and refugees on Manus Island say they have not been formally told of any plan to resettle them in the Philippines, and believe few would accept any offer to move to the south-east Asian archipelago.

Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, and the immigration minister, Peter Dutton, have confirmed they are talking to their counterparts in the Philippines ove Read More


79 illegal foreign workers nabbed in raid

Posted by jaypee 48 days ago Malaysia
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ALOR SETAR: The Kedah Immigration Department rounded up 79 illegal immigrants for various offences at a mall here.

Ops Bersepadu was carried out by 34 personnel from the department who were assisted by officers from the Alor Setar City Council.

Department director Mohamad Yusri Hashim said illegal workers were picked up at eateries, clothing retail outlets, as well as Read More