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Flights and fake passports: The 'VIP packages' enticing Vietnamese to UK

Oct 29, 2019 - 2:32 PM

Details of well-oiled smuggling routes spanning Vietnam to Europe are under renewed scrutiny after 39 people were found dead in a truck in Britain

Le Minh Tuan, father of 30-year old Le Van Ha, who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, cries while holding Ha's son outside their house in Vietnam's Nghe An province on October 27, 2019. NHAC NGUYEN / AFP

Trump backers launch construction on private border wall

May 29, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Sporting a red 'Make America Great Again' hat, New Mexico resident Jeff Allen proudly oversees the erection of a towering fence of steel slats on land he co-owns

Workers build a border fence in a private property located in the limits of the US States of Texas and New Mexico taken from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on May 26, 2019.  HERIKA MARTÍNEZ / AFP

U.S. immigration agents raid 7-11 stores

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:27 AM

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested 21 undocumented immigrants in the raids of 7-Eleven franchises in 17 states and the capital

TARGETED. People walk into a 7-Eleven store in Washington, DC on January 10, 2018. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Tense standoff at Australia asylum-seeker camp

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Hundreds of fearful refugees are urged to leave an Australian detention camp in Papua New Guinea, as conditions worsened with power and water cut off in a tense standoff

STANDOFF. This handout picture taken and received on October 31, 2017 by Nick McKim, Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania, shows refugees gesturing inside the Manus detention camp in Papua New Guinea on the day of the camp's expected closure. Nick McKim/AFP

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Jun 16, 2017 - 8:52 PM

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Facebook, social networks being used in human smuggling

Jun 07, 2017 - 6:37 PM

Europol s European Migrant Smuggling Center identified 1 150 social media accounts suspected of advertising smuggling services

Asian community rattled by Trump immigration policies

Mar 30, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Of the estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States 1 5 million are from Asia majority from China India the Philippines and South Korea

ASIAN IN AMERICA. A member of the local Asian community walks on the streets of Chinatown in Los Angeles, California on March 29, 2017. Mark Ralston/AFP

Anxiety, tears, and prayers in California's immigrant community

Feb 26, 2017 - 11:15 PM

Undocumented immigrants pray for a miracle after US President Donald Trump s administration announced a sweeping deportation plan

Emilio Lopez, wife Prudencia and grandson Esteban, 3, talk about challenges they face because of steps taken by US President Donald Trump to drastically increase deportations, at the TODEC (Training Occupational Development Educating Communities) on February 24, 2017 in Coachella, California. TODEC helps immigrants apply for citizenship and holds a workshop on legal issues for undocumented immigrants. / AFP PHOTO / DAVID MCNEW

U.S. promises no mass deportations in bid to calm Mexico

Feb 24, 2017 - 8:12 AM

There will be no use of military force for immigration operations says US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

A traffic ticket can now get you deported from the U.S.

Feb 23, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Under new rules the obvious fear of undocumented migrants is the crackdown will drive them deeper into the underground

ICE agents during an operation. File image courtesy US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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Feb 22, 2017 - 1:12 PM

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Feb 22, 2017 - 11:54 AM

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U.S. targets millions in sweeping deportation plan

Feb 22, 2017 - 6:49 AM

UPDATED Two memos issued by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly order border patrol and immigration officers to deport as quickly as possible any illegal immigrants they find with only a few exceptions

ICE agents visiting a home. File image courtesy US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Crackdown on immigrants: How not to go nuts with Trump in charge

Feb 18, 2017 - 8:34 AM

The Trump administration insists it is only deporting criminals but those caught and booted out of the United States include scores of people with fake identity documents who are not violent

Trump expected to block refugees, restrict Muslim visitors

Jan 26, 2017 - 3:01 PM

UPDATED A draft executive order says refugees from war torn Syria will be indefinitely banned while the broader US refugee admissions program will be suspended for 120 days as officials draw up a list of low risk countries

In this file photo, Iraqi refugees, who fled the Iraqi city of Mosul due to the fighting between government forces' and Islamic State (ISIS) group's jihadists, look from behind a fence at the UN-run al-Hol refugee camp in Syria's Hasakeh province, on December 5, 2016. Delil Souleiman/AFP

Trump orders wall construction, angering Mexico

Jan 26, 2017 - 7:53 AM

UPDATED The US leader instructs officials on Wednesday January 25 to begin to plan design and construct a physical wall along the southern border and see how it could be funded

The U.S.-Mexico border fence stands along the border on September 28, 2016 in the Imperial Sand Dunes recreation center, California. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

California girds to protect undocumented foreigners from Trump

Jan 05, 2017 - 7:36 AM

Several so called sanctuary cities in California – ones that intentionally avoid prosecuting undocumented foreigners for violations of federal immigration policy – are beginning to dig in

A pinata of US president-elect Donald Trump is held aloft as people gather holding placards and voicing their displeasure with the recent US election results on International Migrants Day on December 18, 2016, in Los Angeles. Frederic J Brown/AFP

Mexico urges migrants in U.S. to 'stay calm'

Nov 17, 2016 - 9:30 AM

In the wake of Trump s presidential election last week the Mexican foreign ministry unveils 11 actions that it will undertake through its embassy and 50 consulates in the US so Mexicans can avoid being victims of abuses and fraud

SEPARATED. In this photo, a deportee in Mexico speaks through the U.S.-Mexico border fence to loved ones on the American side on September 25, 2016 in Tijuana, Mexico. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

No end in sight to migrant carnage in Mediterranean

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:13 AM

Departures from Libya are continuing unabated despite worsening weather in the Mediterranean with over 3 200 people rescued from crowded and unseaworthy dinghies since November 12

Migrants and refugees wrapped in survival foil blankets rest aboard the Topaz Responder ship run by Maltese NGO Moas and the Italian Red Cross after a rescue operation of migrants and refugees on November 3, 2016, off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea. Andreas Solaro/AFP

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Nov 16, 2016 - 8:58 PM

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Come home, PH gov't urges undocumented Filipinos in U.S.

Nov 16, 2016 - 4:20 PM

The government is ready to provide them assistance Malacañang assures Filipinos thinking of returning to the Philippines amid the deportation threat of US president elect Donald Trump against illegal immigrants

ASSURANCE TO OFWS. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella assures that the foreign policy of newly-elected US President Donald Trump will have a minimal effect on the Overseas Filipino Workers in America during a press briefing in Malacañang on November 16, 2016. Photo by ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

100 feared dead in Mediterranean after migrant boat capsize

Nov 16, 2016 - 8:50 AM

The latest tragedy in the Mediterranean came the day after another incident in which it is feared dozens may have drowned after the sinking of another dinghy

A doctor from the Red Cross takes care of a migrant rescued at sea during the arrival of the Topaz Responder, a rescue ship run by Maltese NGO MOAS, in Vibo Valentia, Italy, November 7, 2016 following a rescue operation off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean sea. Andreas Solaro/AFP

Duterte: I trust Trump will be fair to immigrants

Nov 15, 2016 - 10:10 PM

But Duterte also says I cannot talk for the illegals because whether President Trump or anybody else for that matter an illegal is always an illegal

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Nov 15, 2016 - 2:04 PM

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Trump vows immigration crackdown, but unclear how far he'll go

Nov 15, 2016 - 12:23 PM

If his team of hardline anti immigration conservatives and leaders of the extreme right lend insight into Trump s program the United States may be entering a radical era of ramped up deportations and closed borders

SEPARATED. A family talks with with relatives through the US - Mexico border fence in Playas de Tijuana, in Tijuana, northwestern Mexico, on July 2, 2016. Guillermo Arias/AFP

DFA: No 'calamitous impact' on Filipino migrants in US despite Trump win

Nov 15, 2016 - 11:17 AM

UPDATED The Philippines says majority of Filipinos in the US have legal residency or citizenship status pay their taxes and generally obey American laws

UNDOCUMENTED, UNAFRAID. Students, faculty, and supporters gather for a walkout protest against US President-elect Donald Trump at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington on November 14, 2016. Photo by Jason Redmond/AFP

Trump firm on agenda but says Americans have nothing to fear

Nov 14, 2016 - 10:59 AM

US President elect Donald Trump vows to move aggressively on a conservative agenda but also sought to reassure worried Americans they have nothing to fear from his presidency

US President-elect Donald Trump during an interview with CBS News' '60 Minutes', taped November 11, 2016 and aired November 13, 2016. Photo courtesy CBS News

Last 'Jungle' children moved to shelters around France

Nov 03, 2016 - 8:35 AM

French authorities have said that Britain which has taken around 300 child refugees from Calais since mid October and promised to take more will continue to review applications from minors seeking to be transferred there

OUT OF THE 'JUNGLE' Unaccompanied migrant minors, from the recently-demolished 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, arrive to a reception centre in Cerdon, near Orleans, central France, on November 2, 2016. Guillaume Souvant/AFP

France to move migrant youths from razed 'Jungle' camp

Nov 02, 2016 - 7:20 AM

The minors have been awaiting news of their transfer to Britain or alternative housing in France with their fate a source of enduring tension between London and Paris

A migrant walks in the 'Jungle' migrant camp, in Calais, northern France, on November 1, 2016, a day after a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement where 6,000-8,000 people have been living in dire conditions. Philippe Huguen/AFP

France clears Calais camp as concern mounts in Paris

Nov 01, 2016 - 9:49 AM

While the Calais camp is now demolished and thousands have been sent to lodgings elsewhere the fate of the unaccompanied minors housed in containers near the site remains unresolved

Workers watch as a crane destroys a caravan, once used as a makeshift shelter, at the site of the 'Jungle' migrant camp, on October 31, 2016 in Calais, northern France, as a massive operation to clear the settlement nears completion. Philippe Huguen/AFP

'Jungle' migrant camp ablaze as demolition ramps up

Oct 26, 2016 - 4:04 PM

3rd UPDATE Around half of the camp s estimated population of 6 000 to 8 000 migrants have been transferred out since Monday October 24

Smoke rises over makeshift shelters during the full evacuation of the 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 26, 2016. Philippe Huguen/AFP

France begins demolition of 'Jungle' migrant camp

Oct 25, 2016 - 8:39 AM

4th UPDATE The demolition work comes on the second day of a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement in northern France

LEAVING CALAIS. Migrants, carrying their luggage, walk past a Calais city limit sign as they head towards an official meeting point set by French authorities as part of the full evacuation of the Calais 'Jungle' camp, in Calais, northern France, on October 24, 2016. Francois Lo Presti/AFP

D-Day for Calais 'Jungle' camp clearance

Oct 24, 2016 - 1:09 PM

UPDATED The closure of the squalid camp is aimed at relieving tensions in the Calais area where clashes between police and migrants trying to climb onto trucks heading to Britain are an almost nightly occurrence

GONE SOON. Migrants gather near police vehicles at the 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 23, 2016 on the eve of the camp's planned evacuation. Denis Charlet/AFP

EU launches tough border force to curb migrant crisis

Oct 06, 2016 - 11:09 AM

Brussels hopes the revamped agency will not just increase security but also help heal the huge rifts that have emerged between western and eastern member states clashing over the EU s refugee policies

Turkey's border police personel patrols next to a barbed wire wall fence erected on the Bulgaria-Turkey border near the town of Lesovo, on September 14, 2016. Nikolay Doychinov/AFP

Britain to start building anti-migrant wall in Calais

Sep 07, 2016 - 10:19 PM

The wall which is expected to cost 2 7 million euros 3 0 million will be the latest barrier to go up around Europe as the continent struggles with its biggest migrant influx in decades

In this file photo, migrants stand near the A16 motorway near the site of the Eurotunnel in Coquelles, near Calais, northern France on January 21, 2016. Philippe Huguen/AFP

More than 1,000 migrants storm border into Costa Rica

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:32 AM

The incident risks reviving a recent crisis in which thousands of Cubans determined to make it to the United States became stranded in Costa Rica

Pope Francis set to visit refugees in Greece as deportations stall

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:19 AM

The trip by the pope who will be accompanied by the head of the Eastern Orthodox Church is likely to pile pressure on European leaders already criticized for the deal with Turkey

IN LIMBO. Migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan protest against deportations in the hotspot refugee camp, formerly a detention centre, in Moria, Lesvos island, Greece, April 5, 2016. Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

First wave of migrants returned to Turkey under EU deal

Apr 04, 2016 - 4:00 PM

UPDATED The European Union also keeps its side of the pact with 16 Syrian asylum seekers flying into Germany

BACK IN TURKEY. Refugees escorted by Turkish police walk pass a banner reading: 'Migration directorate of the Izmir Governor' as they arrive by ferry from the Greek island of Lesvos (Lesbos) at the Dikili harbour in Izmir, Turkey, April 4, 2016. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Australian FM defends refugee policy on Indonesia trip

Mar 21, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Julie Bishop: Australia is sharing the burden and will be looking to other countries in our region to do similar

BISHOP IN JAKARTA. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (L), accompanied by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (R), talks to journalists during a joint press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 21, 2016. Adi Weda/EPA

Pope urges Europe to share migrant burden fairly

Feb 28, 2016 - 9:02 PM

Pope Francis: My prayer and also certainly yours does not forget the crisis of the refugees fleeing wars and other inhuman situations

Migrants wait in the refugee camp at the buffer zone of the Greek-Macedonia border, near the border village of Idomeni, northern Greece, February 26, 2016. Nikos Arvanitidis/EPA

French court to rule on 'Jungle' migrant camp eviction

Feb 23, 2016 - 1:36 PM

The ruling will be ahead of a demolition deadline set by the local government

THE 'JUNGLE' A migrant brushes his teeth among the tents and huts of the makeshift camp called 'The Jungle' next to the fenced area made of containers recycled in rooms in Calais, France, February 15, 2016. Julien Warnand/EPA

Thousands march across Europe in anti-Islam Pegida rallies

Feb 07, 2016 - 8:10 AM

A march by Germany s anti Islamic organization Pegida draws thousands to the eastern city of Dresden with rallies in support of the movement also held in a string of other European cities

Protesters gather during an anti-Islam rally in front of the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, February 6, 2016. Filip Singer/EPA

Australia churches to offer sanctuary to asylum-seekers

Feb 04, 2016 - 1:04 PM

Anglican Dean of Brisbane: So this is really a moral stand and it wouldn t be a good look I don t think for someone to enter a church and to drag people away

DEFIANCE. Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt poses for photos at St John's Anglican cathedral in Brisbane, Australia, February 4, 2016. Dan Peled/EPA

Danish parliament approves controversial migrant bill

Jan 27, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Denmark s parliament adopts reforms aimed at dissuading migrants from seeking asylum by delaying family reunifications and allowing authorities to seize valuables

Jakob Ellemann-Jensen from the Danish Liberal Party speaks during a debate in the Danish Parliament on changing Danish law relating to foreigners, in Copenhagen, Denmark, January 26, 2016. Mathias Lovgreen Bojesen/EPA

EU mulls partial Schengen suspension over migrant crisis

Jan 27, 2016 - 8:14 AM

If the situation does not change there could indeed be justifications under public order and security reasons to maintain internal controls at internal Schengen borders

BORDER CONTROL. A sign that reads 'Kontrolle' (Control) has been set up at the border crossing in Mittenwald, Germany, May 26, 2015. Sven Hoppe/EPA

Snow makes migrants' journey through Europe even harder

Jan 07, 2016 - 11:49 AM

We can t go backwards we have spent too much money to come here

A migrant man walks on a platform as he waits with other migrants for a train in southern Serbian town of Presevo on January 6, 2016. Armend Nimani/AFP

US readies New Year push to expel migrants

Dec 25, 2015 - 10:31 AM

US President Barack Obama s administration is planning an operation to round up and expel migrant families fleeing drought and violence in Central America

WAITING. Migrants from Central America wait for the train that will take them to the US border in Guadalajara, Jalisco State, Mexico, on December 7, 2013. Photo by Hector Guerrero / AFP

13 migrants drown in latest Aegean Sea sinking

Dec 23, 2015 - 6:58 PM

700 people many of them children have died trying to reach Greece this year says the International Organization for Migration

ON DRY LAND. Refugees wait to cross the borders close to Idomeni village, Kilkis, northern Greece, near the border of Greece with FYROM, December 18, 2015. Nikos Arvanitidis/EPA

Turned away by Australia, migrants arrive in Indonesia

Nov 27, 2015 - 12:41 PM

We spent four days in Christmas Island but were told to turn back to Indonesia by Australian security officials because the Australian government refuses to accept illegal immigrants

BOAT PEOPLE. A child cries at the refugee camp for Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, on May 15, 2015. Photo by Jun Ha/EPA

LatAm states fail to find solution for Cuban migrants

Nov 25, 2015 - 9:53 AM

Latin American ministers fail to find a solution for thousands of US bound Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica

A Cuban shows off a Cuban flag in a shelter in the town of La Cruz , Guanacaste, Costa Rica, near the border with Nicaragua on November 17, 2015. Ezequiel Becerra / AFP