Gulf migrant workers face rise in xenophobia as citizens call for local hiring & Covid-19 protection

Author: Salman Parviz, Tehran Times, Published on: 21 May 2020

"PGCC migrant labor camps Covid-19 hotspots," 19 May 2020

The appalling working and living conditions of migrant laborers in [Gulf] states is nothing new... now amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, the plight of the migrants has deteriorated...

As the hostility towards foreigners is growing louder so are questions about how to replace them with locals...

Xenophobia is escalating as expatriates are blamed for spreading the virus. Migrant labor camps are becoming coronavirus hot spots and citizens are demanding their government to protect them...

“What this crisis has really exposed is the systematic discrimination of the (Persian) Gulf,” said Hiba Zayadin [HRW researcher]. “It’s shown how terrible it can be for society as a whole.”

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