COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak: Migrant workers

As the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic continues to have widespread impacts on workforces globally, migrant workers are among those bearing the brunt of the crisis. Human rights groups and construction asssociations have warned that migrant workers are disproportionately at risk from the impact of the pandemic, due to inadequate and crowded living conditions, lockdowns and harsh containment measures, limited access to healthcare and basic services, poor working conditions and explotiative labour systems. This section will feature the latest news on the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in relation to migrant workers.

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3 June 2020
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3 June 2020

Bahrain: Cos. ordered to reduce overcrowding at labour camps to stop Covid-19 spread

Author: Reem Al Daaysi, GDN Online (Bahrain)

"8,000 workers moved to curb virus spread," 31 May 2020...

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3 June 2020

Bahrain: Workers suffer electricity & water cuts at accommodation as landlords flout Covid-19 regulations

Author: Ghazi Alshehabi, GDN Online (Bahrain)

"Services clamp on rogue labour accommodations," 2 Jun 2020...

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3 June 2020

Gulf migrant workers choosing between contract changes or repatriation without wages & compensation

Author: Rejimon Kuttappan, The Lede (India)

"Wage theft & no mechanism to fight leaves Indian migrants in a fix," 2 Jun 2020...

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2 June 2020
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Author: Repórter Brasil

“Trabalho escravo, despejos e máscaras a R$ 0,10: pandemia agrava exploração de migrantes bolivianos em SP”, 01 de junho de 2020...

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2 June 2020
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Author: Ouest-France

« Coronavirus: l'Allemagne "fait le ménage" dans ses abattoirs » 20 mai 2020...

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2 June 2020

Germany: Cabinet proposes new regulations to better protect meatpacking workers following COVID-19 outbreaks at slaughterhouses

Westfleisch, a meat processing plant in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) was forced to close after more than 150 out of 200 tested employees were positive for COVID-19, the majority of whom were from Romania and Bulgaria. The case follows a...

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1 June 2020

Gulf migrant workers rely on relief as states & employers fail to take responsibility during Covid-10 crisis

Author: Rima Kalush, Al Jazeera

"In the Gulf migrant workers bear the brunt of the pandemic," 1 Jun 2020...

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1 June 2020

NGOs call for justice mechanism & protections for repatriated migrant workers during Covid-19 crisis

On 1 June 2020, a coalition of NGOs and unions launched an urgent appeal letter calling for an urgent justice mechanism for workers who have been impacted and repatriated as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic....

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29 May 2020

Cambodia: Stranded Cambodian migrant workers call upon govt. to facilitate their return from Malaysia

Author: Chheng Niem, The Phnom Penh Post

"Migrant workers stranded in Malaysia plead to return", 28 May 2020...

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