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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5 February 2020

Myanmar: Workers return home from China amid fear over coronavirus without full pay while some are unable to leave

Author: Radio Free Asia

“Myanmar Workers Leave China Without Pay, Fearing Virus”, 5 February 2020...

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2 March 2020

Nepal: Covid-19 outbreak adversely hits migrant workers as govt. places a temporary halt to overseas employment

Author: Roshan S Nepal, The Himalayan Times

"Nepalis urged to scrap foreign visits", 3 March 2020...

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11 March 2020

China: Migrant workers' loss of income hard to be made up even after businesses resume normal operation, analyst says

Author: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

“Coronavirus: China’s huge migrant worker population bearing the brunt of economic shutdown”, 6 March 2020...

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11 March 2020

China: Returning workers' safety and compensation remain in question as Hubei province set to gradually resume normal production

Author: China Labour Bulletin (Hong Kong)

“Hubei set for a gradual return to work”, 9 March 2020...

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11 March 2020

Migrant workers for Qatar Airways left stranded after health ministry bans foreign nationals from 14 countries

Author: Mateusz Maszczynski, Paddle Your Own Kanoo (blog)

"New Immigration Restrictions Have Stranded Qatar Airways Cabin Crew and They Have No Idea When They Can Return"...

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12 March 2020

Saudi Aramco accused of racism over images of migrant worker serving as a "human hand sanitiser"

Author: Aljazeera

"Saudi Aramco slammed over migrant worker dressed as sanitiser", 11 Mar 2020 Oil giant Saudi Aramco has come under fire after photos showing one of its migrant workers wearing a surgical mask and a large hand-sanitiser dispenser went viral on social m...

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19 March 2020

Cambodia: Govt. urges migrant workers working in Thailand to stay during Khmer New Year & encourages people to practice common sense to prevent Covid-19

Author: Mesa Sun, Khmer Times

"Migrant workers in Thailand told not to leave amid global COVID-19 fears", 18 March 2020...

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20 March 2020

Qatar: Fears that poor living conditions for migrant workers linked to sharp rise in coronavirus cases

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22 March 2020

India: Informal workers suffer a sharp drop in income due to virus concerns, forcing them to return to their villages

Author: Utpal Bhasker, Live Mint

...With India coming to a standstill and its citizens cooped indoors to prevent the spread of Covid-19 cases, the informal or gig economy has ground to a halt. From those working in restaurants to those making a living ironing clothes in the neighbo...

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25 March 2020

Weekly Update 25 March: COVID-19 - Fears grow for women and migrant workers

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