MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich fans fed up with the club’s longstanding links with Qatar are taking a stand against the club's lack of action in response to allegations of human rights abuses in the...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar abolished exit visa requirements for virtually all migrant workers on Thursday in a move the U.N. labor organization said was a “milestone” in reform...
NEW DELHI (AP) — Mehboob Alam’s phone rang at 5:04 a.m. Sunday. It was his 38-year-old nephew, Mohammad Imran, pleading to be saved.
A minute into the call, Imran’s voice disappeared. Alam...
NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — The families of two Myanmar migrant workers sentenced to death for the brutal murders of two British tourists in Thailand in 2014 have appealed to the Thai king to...
MILWAUKEE (AP) — When Lupe Martinez was a child he was called El Viejito, which means "the old man" in Spanish. Given the circumstances, it was an appropriate nickname.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The most played sport in Qatar is nowhere near the country's glitzy, air-conditioned stadiums.
Cricket is king among the migrant workers who make up most of the...
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and two government bodies building venues for next year’s games have until the end of the month to agree to outside inspections on construction...
TOKYO (AP) — An international labor union investigating worker safety and the use of migrant workers at venues for next year's Tokyo Olympics is asking for a joint inspection of construction sites...
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Just as migrant workers built Qatar's stadiums, a foreign-born medalist is building its reputation in track.
Abderrahman Samba's bronze in the 400-meter hurdles Monday was...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials with an organization that provides early education programs for children of migrant and seasonal workers says they are changing the signs on their buses.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials say drivers have been following and harassing buses transporting the children of seasonal and migrant farmworkers for early childhood education programs in...
JAMMU, India (AP) — Hit by a complete security lockdown in Kashmir, hundreds of poor migrant workers have begun fleeing the Himalayan region to return to their far-away villages in northern and...
NEW DELHI (AP) — A 4.5-meter (15-foot) high wall collapsed on a cluster of tin-roofed huts housing migrant workers and their families in western India early Saturday following heavy rains, killing...
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Human hands have given the circle of life a faster spin for the past 16 years in a fire-ravaged pocket of the Black Hills National Forest.
BANGKOK (AP) — An appeals court in Thailand on Wednesday upheld a 10 million baht ($313,000) judgment against a British activist who was sued by a fruit canning company whose workers complained of...
BEACON, N.Y. (AP) — A Hudson River educational sloop that was the brainchild of the late activist musician Pete Seeger and his friends is marking its 50th anniversary.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — For generations, Mexican-born Gustavo Brambila's family has worked in the wine industry of California's Napa Valley in some form. He went to college on a baseball...
BANGKOK (AP) — Four elephants mounted by their mahouts have joined the search for a 2-year-old boy from Myanmar who has been missing in Thailand for a week, as hundreds of rescuers combed through a sugarcane field for traces of the missing child.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian official vowed on Friday to do more to combat human trafficking after an investigation by The Associated Press revealed that scores of trafficked girls have quietly disappeared from one of the nation's poorest regions.
FATUKOKO, Indonesia (AP) — The stranger showed up at the girl's door one night with a tantalizing job offer: Give up your world, and I will give you a future.
The lost girls of West Timor
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah businessman is challenging Salt Lake City mayor Jackie Biskupski in hopes of becoming the capital's first ethnic-minority leader.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports Democrat David Ibarra made the announcement Tuesday backed by Salt Lake County Attorney Sim Gill and former mayor Rocky Anderson.
LONDON (AP) — Brexit is already having an impact on Britain's labor market, with the number of people from the European Union working in the country falling by a record amount.
The Office for National Statistics said Tuesday the number of EU nationals working in Britain fell by 132,000 in the three months to September compared with the year before, to 2.25 million. That's the largest annual fall since comparable records began in 1997.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Most of the casualties in a train disaster that killed dozens of people in northern India were migrant workers, a former state government official said Saturday.
R.C. Yadav, former chairman of Punjab state's Workers Welfare Board, said that many of the 60 killed and dozens injured when a speeding train ran over a crowd celebrating the Hindu festival of Dussehra on Friday night had left their families in neighboring states to work in factories and shops in Punjab.
SELAH, Wash. (AP) — Plans to build housing for H-2A guest workers has upset some neighbors of a Washington orchard.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports Ryan Dragoo plans to use the temporary migrant workers next year to maintain and harvest the apples and cherries he manages for LFZ Orchards west of Selah.
BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand has dismissed criminal defamation charges brought against 14 migrant workers by their former employer, a poultry farm they had accused of labor and human rights violations.
The case filed by Thammakaset Co. claimed it had suffered losses due to allegations made by the workers in a 2016 complaint filed with Thailand's National Human Rights Commission. The company said the allegations against it caused Thai agribusiness giant Betagro to drop it as a supplier.
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MOSCOW (AP) — Behind the veneer of Russia's smooth-running World Cup are legions of migrant workers from Central Asia, who built the stadiums and keep them running, staff concession stands, and clean up after fans who revel through city streets.
FENNVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Lawyers for 330 migrant workers and a western Michigan blueberry farm have agreed to settle a lawsuit over pay.
A federal judge is holding a hearing Wednesday. Each worker is likely to get at least $300. Payments could be higher if people can't be found and money is leftover.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Many Maryland crab houses expect to stay idle this summer after U.S. immigration officials approved additional migrant worker visas this month for only one picking house.
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai appeals court on Thursday vindicated a British labor rights activist entangled in a years-long legal confrontation with a fruit-packing company after he publicized alleged human rights violations at its factory.
The legal victory for Andy Hall was welcomed by Amnesty International but is not necessarily the end of protracted court battles that forced him to leave Thailand in 2016.
MENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police say two victims of a fire at an old farmhouse in southwestern Michigan were migrant farm workers.
St. Joseph County Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite says the cause might never be known because of extensive damage to the house in Mendon Township. The home was owned by an area dairy farm.
Lillywhite says others who lived in the house had gone to a store when the fire broke out early Wednesday. It's not known if the house had smoke detectors.
Qatar World Cup organizers say migrant workers building stadiums will receive more than $5 million in compensation after recruitment fees were demanded to secure employment in the Gulf nation.
The announcement highlights ongoing concerns about the exploitation of workers, many of them drawn from South Asian nations including India and Nepal, who are relied on to prepare Qatar for the FIFA tournament in 2022.
BANGKOK (AP) — A fire on a double-decker bus carrying migrant workers killed 20 people early Friday, a week after 18 people died in another bus accident that showed the continuing dangers of Thailand's roads.
The fire was reported to police around 1:30 a.m. in Tak province in western Thailand along the border with Myanmar. The bus was heading to a factory in an industrial zone near Bangkok. Police and a survivor said the workers were from Myanmar.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — State officials say a blueberry farm in northwestern Washington was not at fault in the death of a 28-year-old migrant worker in August but the farm is being fined for violations related to late meals and missed employee breaks.
The Bellingham Herald reports the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries made the announcement Thursday in the death of Honesto Silva Ibarra.
PARRISH, Fla. (AP) — On a swath of farmland just three miles south of the Hillsborough-Manatee county line, the ground lays in wait. Agriculture equipment stands by to prepare for the crop of potatoes to be planted early next year; for now, migrant workers pluck green tomatoes from stems to put on the trucks passing by on dirt roads every 10 minutes.
BEIJING (AP) — Five people died in an east Beijing fire, underscoring the challenges for the Chinese capital as it struggles to balance building safety with providing housing for its poor.
GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations labor agency ended a potential investigation of Qatar on Wednesday after the 2022 World Cup host pledged to protect the rights of migrant workers.
The International Labor Organization closed a formal complaint procedure that was opened three years ago "concerning non-observance by Qatar of the Forced Labor Convention."
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Twenty-seven years ago, Rod Runyan visited a migrant camp in the Adams County Fruit Belt to drop off supplies.
The Carlisle pastor was not a welcome guest.
Because all the workers were Catholic, an armed man told Runyan that if he came back, he would shoot him.
"I told him, 'Most you can do by shooting me is send me to heaven.'"
SODUS, Mich. (AP) — The thought of a worker shortage has Fred Leitz worried.
Seasonal migrant workers are a necessity for farmers across Michigan who spend most of the year tending to the ground and about five months picking the fruits of their labor. A lot of fruit crops need to be handled and harvested at the right time, or else growers risk them turning to mush.
IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Larry and Elida Dimas didn't have much to begin with, and Hurricane Irma left them with even less.
The storm peeled open the roof of the old mobile home where they live with their 18-year-old twins, and it destroyed another one they rented to migrant workers in Immokalee, one of Florida's poorest communities. Someone from the government already has promised aid, but Dimas' chin quivers at the thought of accepting it.
PORT DICKSON, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities have raided a construction site and detained 77 foreigners as part of a fresh crackdown on illegal immigration.
Immigration officials said more than 3,100 foreigners and 63 employers who allegedly hired workers illegally have been detained since a sweep began July 1. The crackdown is targeting migrants who come to Malaysia illegally to work mostly low-wage jobs in the construction, plantation and manufacturing industries.
BANGKOK (AP) — Fearful that Thailand's new labor rules will get them into trouble, tens of thousands of migrant workers are returning to neighboring Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, causing hardship to themselves and their Thai employers.
Labor regulations that took effect June 23 could give foreign workers without proper permits up to five years in prison, while their employers could face fines of up to 800,000 baht ($23,500).
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York farmworkers are hoping a legal challenge might tip the scales in their favor after years of protesting a Jim Crow era loophole in state law that prevents them from unionizing.
Nearly 100 advocates and migrant workers rallied at the Capitol on Tuesday against state law that prevents them from organizing for better working conditions and overtime pay.
ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (AP) — A migrant worker who had just arrived in the United States to pick this year's blueberry crop has died after being shot during an armed robbery in North Carolina.
Bladen County authorities tell local news outlets the man was part of a group standing in front of a home at around 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Authorities say two men approached and asked if they wanted to buy marijuana. When the group said no, the men pulled out guns and told everyone to get on the ground.
MIAMI (AP) — A former Miami detective has been sentenced to three years in prison for stealing from undocumented migrant workers.
Prosecutors say former Miami-Dade Police Detective William Kostopoulos stopped two separate motorists in 2013 in order to steal their money. Prosecutors said the traffic stops violated the Constitution's promise that protects citizens from unreasonable seizures of their property.
BEIJING (AP) — Authorities say 12 people were killed and 12 injured after a suspected gas explosion in a railway tunnel under construction through a coal seam in southern China.
Officials in Dafang County in Guizhou Province said on a local government website that those killed had been trapped inside the Qishanyan Tunnel after Tuesday afternoon's blast.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Ben and Jerry's, the Vermont ice cream company known for its social activism, faced criticism during a May Day March for Dignity. It stems from the company's refusal to sign a 'Milk with Dignity' contract from Migrant Justice, a group that represents dairy farm workers.
A spokesperson for Ben and Jerry's says that they are working to find a mutually agreeable resolution. A representative for Migrant Justice was forceful, saying the company will have to join eventually.