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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18 June 2020

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

In June 2020, as part of a country-wide response to contain the spread of COVID-19 among workers housed in labour camps, the local authority in Muharraq, Bahrain decided that water and electricity supplies would be cut. The measure was intended to...

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18 June 2020

Jordan: Rights group condemn that vulnerable workers will pay the price for COVID-19

Author: Sara Kayyali, Human Rights Watch

"Jordan's vulenrable will pay the price for protecting businesses", HRW 14 June 2020...

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18 June 2020

Lebanon: ILO and NGOs issue an assessment on the impact of Covid-19 on workers and small-scale businesses

Based on responses of 1987 workers and 363 enterprises, ILO and Fafo institute for Labour and Social Research in collaboration with UNDP, Danish Refugee Council, Save the Children, Mercy Corps, Oxfam and UN Women have carried out an assessment to...

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17 June 2020

Nepal: Women's rights groups urge government to ensure rights of returnee women migrant workers

Author: Chandan Kumar Mandal, The Kathmandu Post

"Women’s rights groups call for safe, dignified repatriation and reintegration of returnee female migrant workers", 19 June 2020...

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17 June 2020

Bahrain Petroleum redundancies after COVID-19 only to impact migrant workforce

Author: Samir Salama, Gulf News

"Bahrain Petroleum decides to let go of 'hundreds' of expat staff," 12 Jun 2020 Bahrain Petroleum Company is reducing its fixed costs by ending the contracts of hundreds of foreign employees, according to a spokesperson. But this applies only to expat...

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17 June 2020

Bahrain: 36 Indian workers repatriated after being stranded without wages, employment, housing & food

Author: Times of India

"Workers stuck in Bahrain, seek Telangana help to return home," 6 Jun 2020...

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17 June 2020

Gulf cos. "taking advantage" of COVID-19 to terminate workers' contracts & avoid paying overdue wages

Author: C R Abrar, The Daily Star

"Covid-19 and migrant workers: the great wage robbery," 16 Jun 2020  ...

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17 June 2020

Jordan: NGOs make a proposal to the government on the protection of agriculture workers

The Anti Violence and Harassment in Workplace Coalition has expressed its concerns about the work conditions of agriculture workers as the majority belong to the most vulnerable groups such as migrant workers, refugees, women from marginalized...

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16 June 2020

Nepal: Supreme Court orders Gov't to use welfare fund to repatriate migrant workers in vulnerable conditions immediately

Author: Chandan Kumar Mandal and Sangam Prasin, The Kathmandu Post

"Supreme Court orders government to use welfare fund to repatriate Nepali workers stranded abroad", 17 June 2020...

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15 June 2020

Ireland: Why has the meat industry been hit so hard by Covid-19?

Author: Fran McNulty, RTÉ (Ireland)

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