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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30 June 2020

UAE: 280 Indian workers to be repatriated after terminations; police, charities & Consulate provide aid

Author: Salam Al Amir, The National (UAE)

"Coronavirus: Sharjah Police rescue homeless workers living on the streets," 28 Jun 2020...

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29 June 2020
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« Le rapporteur onusien appelle Madrid à améliorer les conditions des ouvrières saisonnières marocaines à Huelva » 28 juin 2020...

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26 June 2020

Jordan: A garment factory threatens to evict its migrant workers

Author: Jordan Labor Watch

Unofficial translation from Arabic into English by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre...

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26 June 2020

Qatar: World Cup organising body announce one death & 1,100 COVID-19 infections among workers

1,100 of the 40,000 workers on World Cup sites have been infected with COVID-19 with one worker dying from the virus. The figures are only the second to be released publicly by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy since the outbreak of the...

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25 June 2020

Bahrain: Unpaid construction workers file labour complaint of unhygienic camp conditions as COVID-19 spreads

Author: GDN Online

"Camp workers in fear after three test positive," 25 Jun 2020...

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24 June 2020
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Nach dem Corona-Ausbruch in einem Schlachthof in Nordrhein-Westfalen, bei dem mehr als 1.500 Tönnies-Mitarbeiter positiv auf COVID-19 getestet wurden, haben Behörden am 23. Juni wieder Beschränkungen eingeführt. Es ist nicht der erste Ausbruch auf...

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24 June 2020

Russia proposes app to track migrant workers' biometric data, "social trustworthiness"

Author: Damelya Aitkhozhina, Human Rights Watch (USA)

Russia's latest app will track migrant workers — but who's next? 9 June 2020...

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24 June 2020

UAE: 250 migrant workers left unpaid & dependent on charitable aid after company closed

Author: Anna Zacharias, The National (UAE)

"Coronavirus: Volunteers feed hundreds of Sharjah labourers left out of work," 22 Jun 2020...

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24 June 2020

UAE: Sharjah crackdown on anti-COVID-19 health & safety, awareness measures at construction sites

Author: Afkar Abdullah, Khaleej Times (UAE)

"Sharjah Municipality crackdown on construction to ensure safety of workers, residents," 22 Jun 2020...

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23 June 2020

Germany: 1,500 workers test positive for COVID-19 at meat-processing plant; company criticised for "failure" to protect workers

On 23 June 2020, German authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia announced the reintroduction of lockdown measures following a COVID-19 outbreak at Germany's largest meat-packing plant. More than 1,500 Tönnies employees tested positive for COVID-19 over...

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