Posts Tagged ‘migrant workers’

SERF helping from Hari Hari to Haast and beyond

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Evangelization has many faces say, Father Mike Mahoney, the parish priest of South Westland. Franz Josef is part of the parish, and there are over 200 people there who have lost their jobs because there are no longer any foreign tourists. Many of these migrant workers cannot go home because there are no flights. In Read more

Malaysia slams door on foreign workers

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Malaysia will not allow foreign workers to take any new jobs in the country until the end of the year to help unemployed citizens find new work, the government has announced. “We are trying to reduce [the number of] foreign workers in the workforce besides giving priority to locals to secure jobs,” Human Resources Minister Read more

We must not look away but take special care to see and hear

Thursday, June 18th, 2020
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Thousands of migrant workers caught out in New Zealand by the spread of Covid-19 have found themselves in challenging circumstances. On Sunday, the Catholic bishops of New Zealand want Catholic communities to reflect on the plight of these migrant workers. 21 June, is the annual Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants and the theme Read more

Don’t leave us with no hope, Filipino migrants plead

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Migrant workers have been hit hard in Queenstown, many facing redundancies and high rents in the wake of Covid-19. Association leader Dennis Navasca and his wife moved to Queenstown about six years ago with hopes to start a new chapter of their lives. He said that the future is now uncertain.  Continue reading Related Posts:Retailer’s Read more

Humanitarian crisis in Queenstown

Thursday, April 30th, 2020
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A mounting humanitarian crisis is brewing in Queenstown with thousands of migrant workers trapped there with no money for food or rent. The Salvation Army says with most migrants unable to return to their home countries due to travel and lockdown restrictions, the situation is becoming akin to a “refugee crisis” – with about 6,000 Read more

Singapore’s sharp rise in COVID-19 cases

Monday, April 20th, 2020

Singapore’s government is often praised, domestically and internationally, for its planning and foresight — and, in the past few months, particularly for its response to the coronavirus pandemic. But recent developments have demonstrated that you can’t have the foresight for things you refuse to see. A sharp increase in COVID-19 cases among the country’s migrant Read more

Spraying disinfectant on migrants sparks outrage

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Spraying disinfectant on migrants working as laborers has caused social media commentators to erupt with anger. Among those to express their anger is the Indian Christian Women’s Movement (ICWM). “Even as the whole country is battling an intense and grueling confrontation with the Corona (COVID-19) crisis, we … want to express our deep shock and Read more

Church provides homes for migrant workers

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

The Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea has turned housing developer in an effort to provide homes for migrant workers. In exchange, the local community will get voluntary help such as cleaning hospitals. The Saint John XXIII housing project is in the town of Kokopo, capital of East New Britain province. Although Kokopo’s population is Read more

Religious worker visas are being used to exploit migrant workers

Monday, July 9th, 2018
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Newsroom reports that last year three priests laid a complaint with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) about the way a North Island organisation is using the Religious Worker Category (RWC) visa. The priests allege some religious organisations are using RWC visas to bring migrants to New Zealand for ulterior motives. The allegations are contained in Read more

Samoans visiting New Zealand treated like second class citizens?

Monday, March 12th, 2018
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“Can you be the Prime Minister who would be bold enough to change your immigration laws so that Samoans can enter your country freely without requiring visas, which cost money most of our poor people don’t have?” This was the question Mata’afa Keni Lesa put to the New Zealand prime minister in his opinion piece Read more