Latest Migrant workers News

Away from glitzy stadiums, Qatar migrants live for cricket

Oct. 5, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

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 energy-rich emirate's population, and Friday is game day. At dozens of grass-free pitches in the shadow of construction sites...

Tokyo Games: Union wants venue inspection, worker interviews

Oct. 2, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

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 and an open interview with workers. The Building and Wood Workers' International, in a report earlier this...

Qatar worlds highlight track's many nationality switches

Oct. 1, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

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 the first Qatari medal at the world track championships and sparked joy in the VIP enclosure, the one part of the...

Vermont man accused of hate crime against Migrant Justice

Sep. 27, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

ADDISON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man is accused of a hate crime against an immigrant rights group that advocates for migrant farmworkers. Vermont State Police say 24-year-old Chase Atkins, of Addison, let the air out of the tires of a vehicle of a Migrant Justice worker at an Addison farm on Aug. 23. They say...

3 cited for vandalism; group: racist attack on farmworkers

Sep. 4, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

BRIDPORT, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say three men have been cited to appear in court on vandalism and other offenses near farms and fields in Bridport that an immigrant rights group calls a racist attack against migrant farmworkers. Police said Wednesday that the offenses, including firing a weapon,...

In a small town, thrill of football replaced by fear of ICE

Sep. 2, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Football has always been considered a safe haven in this tiny farming community, an island of pure Americana for families trying to make it in America. After each week's work in the fields is done — an effort that helps produce a significant chunk of the nation's produce...

As migrant workers decrease, Idaho farmers struggle

Aug. 24, 2019 3:35 AM EDT

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — She was dressed in her best clothes and high heels. The strangers she paid to take her across the border said they would pass her off as a tourist. Instead, she had to brave the desert. Margarita Partida is a former migrant worker who landed in California before settling in...

Head Start program changes signs on buses for migrant kids

Aug. 22, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

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. The Idaho Statesman reported Tuesday that the Community Council of Idaho plans to remove and conceal the "Migrant and...