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Trump denies crude slur against migrant countries

US President Donald Trump has denied using crude words attributed to him about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. Reports that he had called them “shithole countries” in an Oval Office meeting generated a backlash worldwide. One UN official called the remarks racist and said they opened “the door to humanity’s worst side”. But Mr Trump has tweeted that “this was not the language” he used in a meeting about immigration. He wrote that the language he used was “tough, but this was not the language used”. What was he…

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Daca Dreamers: Obama slams axing of young migrant scheme

Former US President Barack Obama has attacked the Trump administration for scrapping his scheme to protect young undocumented migrants from deportation. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme was rescinded on Tuesday, in a move that could affect some 800,000 beneficiaries. While existing recipients will see no impact for at least six months, no new applications can now be made. Appealing to Congress, Mr Obama said the decision was “cruel” and “wrong”. The so-called “Dreamers”, mostly Latin Americans, were able to apply for work and study permits under the…

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Migrant crisis: Spain rescues 600 people in busiest day

Spain’s coastguard says it has rescued 600 migrants crossing from Morocco in a 24-hour period amid a spike in the number of migrant arrivals. The rescued migrants were in 15 vessels including toy paddleboats and a jet ski and included 35 children and a baby. The UN says more than 9,000 people have arrived in Spain so far this year – three times as many as the previous year. More than 120 people are believed to have drowned attempting the crossing. The increase in crossings means Spain could overtake Greece…

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Rosie Ayliffe: I won't be ignored in my battle for migrant workers like Mia

 I am the mother that the Australian government would rather forget. My daughter Mia was killed in a stabbing attack almost a year ago in a backpacker hostel in far north Queensland, while she was completing her 88 days work in order to obtain a visa to stay in Australia. Since then, I have undertaken my own journey in Australia, not just to mourn my daughter but to find out why she died and what can be done to make young travellers like her safer. Mia Ayliffe-Chung had been in…

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A multi-dimensional look at migrant workers in the region

“What would you do if you miss your children and family back home?” The “correct” answer in this case is, “I will sing a song to the children of the future employer”. It is an interesting, though rather surreal and slightly disturbing, take on the ascribed role of domestic workers, a rumination on what potential employers might value as desirable traits and, by association, higher employability. This is a segment in the prescribed script in If You Miss Home, a video by Elvis Yip Kin Bon, comprising interview footages designed…

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