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18 Mai 2020

Ekaterina Ivashchenko, openDemocracy (UK)

Russia: Without employment or protections, Central Asian migrant workers face poverty & discrimination during COVID-19 lockdown

Russia's labour migrants are caught between poverty and a pandemic, 7 May 2020

Hundreds of thousands of Central Asian migrants are trapped in Russia's quarantine lockdown, lacking jobs, livelihoods, and free access to healthcare...

It's important to remember that Central Asian migrants faced xenophobia and discrimination in Russia long before COVID-19 arrived on the scene. But the border closures and quarantine restrictions have exacerbated their already precarious situation, leaving many unemployed, unprotected, and without any choice as to where to wait out the pandemic.