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Does labour migration do more harm than good?
12 June 2015 (IRIN ), Unlike its namesake, Jeddah Village boasts no sprawling shopping centres or skyscrapers soaring from the desert sands, but this cluster of homes in Indonesia’s Cireunghas district is intimately tied to Saudi Arabia’s commercial capital: many of the houses were built with money saved by locals who travelled there to work.
After regional quakes, Philippines prepares for the big one
10 June 2015 (IRIN ), Recent quakes in Nepal and Malaysia have shaken the Philippines into action, with authorities scaling up earthquake preparedness drills and safety inspections of public buildings in the capital Manila.
Tackling the roots of the Rohingya crisis
8 June 2015 (IRIN ), As Malaysian police finish exhuming mass graves in human trafficking camps along the Thai border, Southeast Asian nations are under pressure to end the brutal trade in human lives by tackling the roots of the crisis.
After killer heatwave, will India take action?
5 June 2015 (IRIN ), Temperatures are slowly falling in India with the approach of the cool monsoon rains, but a heatwave that left more than 2,300 people dead has raised questions about how prepared the government will be for the next one.
Is the Philippines about to miss its chance at peace?
4 June 2015 (IRIN ), After almost 30 years of fighting, the government in the Philippines signed a peace agreement last year with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). With a bill aimed at ending the Muslim separatist insurgency floundering in congress, observers are warning that the conflict could reignite:
Are landslides Nepal’s next big killer?
3 June 2015 (IRIN ), Already devastated by a massive earthquake, Nepal is now struggling to prepare for a potential series of landslides triggered by the oncoming monsoon.
Living in limbo: Refugee stories from Indonesia
3 June 2015 (IRIN ), Indonesia, along with Malaysia, has agreed to give temporary refuge to several thousand Rohingya who reached its shores in recent weeks, provided they are resettled elsewhere within one year. But Indonesia is already host to 4,400 refugees, most of whom have been waiting far longer than a year for resettlement while another 7,000 asylum seekers are still awaiting refugee status decisions.
Did Malaysian cops ignore Rohingya trafficking?
2 June 2015 (IRIN ), Malaysian police have launched a sweeping investigation into human trafficking rings after announcing on 25 May that they had found 139 shallow graves around 28 camps along the remote frontier with Thailand. But did they have enough information to have acted years ago and save lives?
Lucky escape for Rohingya boys who took the bait
29 May 2015 (IRIN ), For thousands of Rohingya living in squalid camps and suffering discrimination in Myanmar, the chance to escape to a new life is a tempting one. But many end up in jungle camps, held for ransom, or stranded on boats at sea. Maung Zaw Lin and Maung Tin Shwe took the traffickers' bait. Find out what happened to them:
Grief not justice for Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan
26 May 2015 (IRIN ), Five years after ethnic riots roiled Kyrgyzstan, not only has the minority Uzbek community found little to no justice for the hundreds killed but it finds itself increasingly blamed and marginalised as Kyrgyz nationalism takes hold.

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