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In this July 14, 2019 photo, 35-year-old Mohammed Eissa, an Ethiopian farmer and other migrants he met along the way, take shelter inside a damaged shipping container on the side of a highway, near Lac Assal, Djibouti. Over the past three years, the IOM reported 9,000 Ethiopians were deported each month. Many migrants have made the journey multiple times in what has become an unending loop of arrivals and deportations. Eissa is among them. This is his third trip to Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Migrants cross Yemen war zone to find work in Saudi Arabia

Feb. 14, 2020 4:47 PM EST

LAC ASSAL, Djibouti (AP) — “Patience,” Mohammed Eissa told himself. He whispered it every time he felt like giving up. The sun was brutal, reflecting off the thick layer of salt encrusting the barren earth around Lac Assal, a lake 10 times saltier than the ocean. Nothing grows here. Birds are...

Video of Chinese man caning Kenyan worker sparks outrage

Feb. 9, 2020 7:35 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya police say four Chinese migrant workers have been arrested following a widely circulated video appearing to show one of them caning a Kenyan worker for arriving late at a restaurant they all work in. The video has led to outrage by many Kenyans on social media who likened it to...

In this photo released by the National Search And Rescue Agency (BASARNAS), rescuers carry the body of a victim of a sunken boat off Bengkalis, Indonesia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. A boat carrying 20 Indonesian migrant workers sank on its way to Malaysia, and rescuers have found 10 survivors and are searching for the missing. (BASARNAS via AP)

Migrant boat sinks in Indonesia; 10 rescued, 9 missing

Jan. 23, 2020 5:29 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A boat carrying 20 Indonesian migrant workers sank on its way to Malaysia, and rescuers have found 10 survivors and were searching Thursday for nine missing. One body was recovered, officials said. The boat began leaking and sank about an hour after leaving Rupat Island in the...

In this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 photo Bayern Munich fans gather for a panel discussion on the club’s sponsorship links with Qatar and its lack of response to alleged human rights abuses in the country at the EineWeltHaus (One World House) in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Ciaran Fahey)

Bayern Munich fans accuse club of turning blind eye to Qatar

Jan. 17, 2020 6:38 AM EST

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 country. Around 150 fans packed into a room in Munich’s EineWeltHaus (One World House) on...

A traveler rests on his suitcase in a waiting room at the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. As the Lunar New Year approached, Chinese travelers flocked to train stations and airports Friday to take part in a nationwide ritual: the world's biggest annual human migration. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

World's biggest yearly human migration begins again in China

Jan. 17, 2020 1:36 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — As the Lunar New Year approaches, Chinese travelers flocked to train stations and airports Friday to take part in a nationwide ritual: the world's biggest annual human migration. Around 3 billion trips will be made during the Spring Festival travel rush, China's Transport Ministry has...

UN body welcomes 'milestone' in Qatar labor reforms

Jan. 16, 2020 6:46 AM EST

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 efforts ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The ministerial decree allows nearly all migrant workers in...

In this photo provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry press service, Emergency Situations employees work at the side of the metal construction of a greenhouse farm in Nesterovo, suburb of Nesterovo, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020.  A fire at a greenhouse farm in a Moscow suburb has killed eight people and injured one other person on Tuesday morning, Russian emergency services said. All eight victims were migrants from Tajikistan who apparently worked at the farm. (Ministry of Emergency Situations press service via AP)

Fire at Russia greenhouse farm kills 8 people; 1 injured

Jan. 7, 2020 8:23 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A fire at a greenhouse farm in a Moscow suburb killed eight people and injured one on Tuesday morning, Russian emergency services said. All eight victims — seven men and one woman — were illegal migrants from Vietnam who worked at the farm, officials said. Russia's Emergency...

In this Sept. 23, 2019 photo, rescued migrants look at a map of Europe aboard the Ocean Viking humanitarian ship as it sails in the Mediterranean Sea. The misery of migrants in Libya has spawned a thriving and highly lucrative business, in part funded by the EU and enabled by the United Nations, an Associated Press investigation has found. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)

Making misery pay: Libya militias take EU funds for migrants

Dec. 31, 2019 3:15 PM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — When the European Union started funneling millions of euros into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, the money came with EU promises to improve detention centers notorious for abuse and fight human trafficking. That hasn’t happened. Instead, the...

European money spawns more misery for migrants in Libya

Dec. 31, 2019 1:12 AM EST

When the European Union started funneling millions of euros into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, the money came with EU promises to improve detention centers notorious for abuse and fight human trafficking. Instead, the misery of migrants in Libya has spawned a thriving and highly...

In this Sept. 19, 2019 photo, migrants on an overcrowded wooden boat wait to be rescued by the Ocean Viking humanitarian ship in the Mediterranean Sea. The misery of migrants in Libya has spawned a thriving and highly lucrative business, in part funded by the EU and enabled by the United Nations, an Associated Press investigation has found. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)

European money spawns more misery for migrants in Libya

Dec. 31, 2019 12:46 AM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — When the European Union funneled millions of euros into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, the money came with EU promises to improve detention centers notorious for abuse and fight human trafficking. That hasn’t happened. Instead, the misery of...