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Migrant workers bear brunt of coronavirus pandemic in Gulf

Author: Martin Chulov, The Guardian (UK), Published on: 19 April 2020

Crammed into work camps, stood down from their jobs, facing high rates of infection and with no way home, hundreds of thousands of migrant workers are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic in the Middle East...

Ryszard Cholewiński, a senior migration specialist with the International Labour Organisation [said] “There have been attempts by a number of companies to sort out sleeping arrangements, but even on a good day in some of these facilities, people are four to a room"...

A report released by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre this month noted that migrant workers in the Gulf “live in tightly packed labour camps, often in unsanitary conditions, some without access to running water.

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