Tag: Foreign Workers

France Announces Tough New Measures on Immigration

PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron of France tried to seize control of the issue of immigration on Wednesday, as his government announced steps to make the country less attractive to migrants while cracking open the door to skilled foreign workers. The combined moves were a bid by Mr. Macron to wrest the issue from his […]

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They Sought a Brighter Future in Britain. Instead, Their Families Are Mourning Them.

YEN THANH, Vietnam — Across the village, the altar tables have already been set up. In Buddhist and Catholic households alike, families have not waited for the final word on whether their daughters, sons, brothers and sisters are among the 39 people found dead last week in a refrigerated truck container in an industrial park […]

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They Crossed an Ocean to Butcher Pigs. It Was No American Dream.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Anthony Pretrick was scraping by as a fisherman in his Pacific island homeland of Micronesia when he met a job recruiter with an irresistible offer: There was a fortune to be made slaughtering hogs in a faraway place called Iowa. A new pork processing plant was hiring workers for $15.95 an […]

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Salvadorans, Washington’s Builders, Face Expulsion Under Trump

A few minutes before going to work deep beneath Washington’s streets, the Salvadoran construction workers checked off the projects they had built for the city’s residents: storm water tunnels, new Metro lines and train stations, and shuttles at Dulles International Airport. Now these workers are at risk of losing their jobs and being removed from […]

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Economic Antidote for a Shrinking America: Immigrants

MIAMI — After finishing a particularly satisfying dinner at a Coral Gables restaurant with his wife, Pedro Martinez quietly slipped around to the back alley where the kitchen is. “Whatever you’re making, I’ll give you a raise,” Mr. Martinez whispered when the back door swung open. An executive at 50 Eggs, a restaurant group based […]

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When Providing for Your Family Means Leaving It Behind

A GOOD PROVIDER IS ONE WHO LEAVES One Family and Migration in the 21st CenturyBy Jason DeParle In 1987, a young American reporter looking to write about life in a Philippine shantytown met Tita Portagana Comodas, a local matriarch who grudgingly agreed to rent him floor space in her shack on a mud flat near […]

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Car Bomb Kills 3 U.N. Staff Members Outside a Benghazi Mall

BENGHAZI, Libya — At least three United Nations staff members were killed in Libya after a bomb-laden vehicle exploded this weekend outside a shopping mall in the eastern city of Benghazi, a spokesman for the international body said. The attack on Saturday occurred even as the country’s warring sides said they had accepted a cease-fire […]

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The Nordic Model May Be the Best Cushion Against Capitalism. Can It Survive Immigration?

FILIPSTAD, Sweden — At first, local leaders were inclined to see the refugees as an opportunity. The iron ore mines had shut down. So had a factory that made machinery for the logging industry. The town had been abandoned, its population cut in half. A shot at replenishment appeared at hand. It was the summer […]

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As Rome Falters, Milan Rises

MILAN — When most people see the Milan Cathedral, they think of a huge, amazing sand castle. Dino Buzzati — one of Italy’s best writers of the 20th century, who also loved painting — saw a mountain, a towering range in his beloved Dolomites in northern Italy, where he was born in 1906. The image […]

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Trump’s Immigration Plan Would Have Missed This Nobel Prize Winner

“Had we stayed in Europe, I probably would have become a tailor.” Those words were spoken by one of the great figures in American science, Isidor Isaac Rabi. In one sentence, they tell us two big things we need to know about the history of immigration to this country, and why President Trump’s proposal to […]

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U.K. Tribute to ‘Windrush’ Generation Draws Criticism

LONDON — Britain on Saturday honored members of the so-called Windrush generation, people from the Caribbean who were encouraged to migrate here to help the country rebuild after World War II, but struggled to prove their citizenship in a recent immigration crackdown. On Saturday, which was declared the first National Windrush Day, Prime Minister Theresa […]

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‘Not Just a Maid’: The Ultra-Running Domestic Workers of Hong Kong

HONG KONG — Six days a week, Jaybie Pagarigan cooks, cleans and shops for her employers, a family in Hong Kong. Then on Sundays — her one day off — she hits the trails. Traversing the city’s lush and vast country parks, the 39-year-old domestic worker from the Philippines clocks in miles of running and […]

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