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Fleeing poverty, migrant workers end up on death row

SPECIAL REPORT: In the Philippines, dollar remittances from migrants accounted for nearly a tenth of the $280-billion economy last year, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). Indonesia’s BNP2TKI said the overseas remittances by Indonesian migrant workers amounted to Rp 88.6 trillion ($7.35 billion) during the period of January to December 2013. Despite this, however, migrant workers from both countries are not getting the protection and assistance they need in times of distress.

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Press Release 1 September 2010 Migrant group to VP Binay: Suspend, with finality, the OFW compulsory membership to PAG-IBIG amid discovery of bogus housing loan Amid the discovery of several PAG-IBIG bogus housing loans based on a series of special reports by the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), an alliance of Filipino migrant group in the…

To many Filipinos in the southern Philippines, Sabah represents salvation. Beckoned by the vast palm-oil plantations in the Malaysian state, they go there in droves seeking employment that they could not find in their homeland. Once there, however, many of them are confronted with the reality of neglect and abuse that is far brutal than the one they had left behind.

BY BULATLAT At least 5,000 migrant workers from different parts of the globe under the banner of the International Migrants Alliance (IMA) held a rally in Manila today to protest the opening of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). The protesters converged along Quirino Ave. around 10 a.m. and marched toward the direction…