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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4 June 2020

Jordan: Discriminatory order obliges employers to renew fixed-term contracts for Jordanian workers only

The Jordanian Council of Ministers has issued a new order pursuant to Defense Order no.6 regulating the relationship between the private sector and workers amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The new order obliges employers to renew the fixed-term contracts of...

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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

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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3 June 2020
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Author: Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan

La empresa minera convocó a los trabajadores contratados, que provienen de otras regiones y entidades, sin contar con las instalaciones adecuadas para su estancia y resguardo, mientras les aplicaban la prueba PCR. Su convocatoria fue precipitada, a...

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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

South Asia: Remittances from Gulf migrant workers expected to decline by 22 percent this year

Author: Sebastian Castelier, The New Arab

"Gulf recession reverberates across Asia as remittances from migrant workers plummet", 2 June 2020...

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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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