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Migrants urged to be missionaries

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, bishop of Hong Kong, called on migrant workers to be missionaries and bear witness to God in their daily lives during the annual migrants’ day celebration on Mission Sunday at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay on October 22.
 
Over 600 migrant workers gathered for the Mass which was concelebrated by nine priests working for the Filipino, Indonesian, Indian, Sri Lankan and Vietnamese communities in Hong Kong. 
 

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Labour Commission pushes for more facilities for migrant workers

HONG KONG (SE): Law Pui-shan, policy research officer for the Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs, urged Hong Kong people to show more understanding about the activities of foreign domestic workers in public places. 
 

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Create jobs so Filipinos don’t have to work abroad bishop says

MANILA (UCAN): As many as 250,000 Filipinos will be affected by a total ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, according to a Philippine government estimate.
 
The ban, ordered by the president, Rodrigo Duterte, came following the discovery of the body of 29-year-old Joanna Daniella Demafelis in a freezer in an apartment in Kuwait. Her remains had reportedly been stored there for a year and authorities said marks on her body indicated she was strangled.
 

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Qatar moves to protect migrant workers

DOHA (AsiaNews): Qatar passed a law on August 22 attributing industrial rights to migrant workers, including domestic staff, stipulating a maximum 10-hour day, monthly payment of salary, a whole day off each week and a three-week vacation each year.
 
At the termination of employment or contract, three weeks salary is to be paid for each year of service completed. It also prohibits the employment of anyone over 60 or under 18.
 

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Domestic workers’ sleep marred by legal loopholes

HONG KONG (SE): Groups monitoring the rights of foreign migrant workers in Hong Kong have long pointed to problematic areas of the code of practice that covers their employment, noting that despite much huff and puff from both governments and consulates, the situation continues to deteriorate.
 

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