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Live-blog: How the Coronavirus affects garment workers in supply chains

Live-blog: How the Coronavirus affects garment workers in supply chains

This blog aims to collect daily information about how the new Coronavirus COVID-19 is influencing garment workers' rights in supply chains around the world. It will be updated as new information comes in from media and the Clean Clothes Campaign global network. Information is posted as it comes in from the network and cannot always be double-checked.

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COVID-19: Impact on migrant workers and country response in Cambodia

COVID-19: Impact on migrant workers and country response in Cambodia

Country brief prepared by the ILO’s Regional Office for Thailand on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant workers, and country's responses.

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Development Denied – Recruitment Fees Eroding Migrant Worker Remittances (Pt 5)

Development Denied – Recruitment Fees Eroding Migrant Worker Remittances (Pt 5)

As part of our continuing focus on the links between COVID-19 and the business and human rights agenda, IHRB is exploring the impact of the pandemic on migrant workers across Asia and the roles and responsibilities of businesses in addressing these challenges. Most of the 35million+ migrant workers estimated to live and work in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are from Africa or South and Southeast Asia. Across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) states, an estimated 10 million migrant workers live and work in major destinations such as Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. During the pandemic, countries in the GCC and Singapore were ranked in the top ten for infection rates per million, and almost all cases were from migrant workers living in dormitories. This five part series begins with an overview of the range of challenges facing migrant workers throughout South East Asia as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Subsequent pieces in the series will cover accommodation conditions, discrimination issues, recruitment fees and wage theft, as well as impacts to migrant workers’ remittances back home.

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Migrant Workers and Remittances in the Time of Pandemic

Migrant Workers and Remittances in the Time of Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding economic recession put job security and well-being of over 91 million international migrants from Asia and the Pacific at risk. Official data show international remittances to developing Asian economies have plummeted in recent months. A substantial number of households in developing Asia—who depends on international remittances— could fall into poverty; particularly in the Pacific and Central/West Asia economies where dependency rates on remittance inflows are high. This webinar will examine the impact of pandemic on labor mobility, including a forecast of the COVID-19 impact on remittance inflows for this year. It will also explore policy options to safeguard migrants and the remittance recipient households.

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Global IOM - Flyer on COVID-19 for migrants (multiple languages)

Global IOM - Flyer on COVID-19 for migrants (multiple languages)

WHAT IS A CORONAVIRUS? Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.

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Guidance note: Addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women migrant workers

Guidance note: Addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women migrant workers

This guidance note highlights the emerging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women migrant workers, focusing on the key challenges and risks they face. It makes recommendations in the context of the economic and social response and recovery packages that governments are putting forward, supported by examples of existing good practices from around the world.

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COVID-19 Mobility Restrictions

COVID-19 Mobility Restrictions

The content presented on this portal is for informative purposes only. All information is being constantly validated including geo-location and attributes. As the situation is changing rapidly, we aren’t able to ensure up to date accuracy of some of the information, while it is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of uploading. The scale of the data operation also doesn’t enable us yet to ensure that there aren’t some errors. The timeliness of these updates depends on the timeframe within which the information becomes available and is processed by IOM.

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World Cup & Expo 2020 Construction: COVID-19 & Risks to Migrant Workers in Qatar & the UAE

World Cup & Expo 2020 Construction: COVID-19 & Risks to Migrant Workers in Qatar & the UAE

Migrant workers to Gulf countries - most from Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Kenya – live in tightly packed, often unsanitary, labour camps – conditions perfect for the spread of COVID-19. An outbreak among construction workers in a labour camp in Qatar prompted a swift lockdown of thousands of workers, including workers on infrastructure projects linked to the 2022 World Cup. This lockdown has led to claims the labour camps have become a “virtual prison” and raised concerns for worker welfare, including that workers do not have access to necessary sanitation, are not being given clear information regarding the outbreak, and are being laid off without wages or a promise of re-hiring.

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Labour recruiter rapid assessment

Labour recruiter rapid assessment

COVID-19 has impacted the world on an unprecedented scale: it has caused a global economic slowdown, resulted in international travel bans and restrictions, and transformed the ways people socialize, work and maintain their health and well-being. As governments try to manage its spread and effect on economies, it is imperative that migrants - regardless of their migratory status - are included in these efforts and recognized as a contributory stakeholder to national strategies addressing the pandemic and future crises.

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COVID-19, Technology, and Polarizing Jobs

COVID-19, Technology, and Polarizing Jobs

This brief assesses how COVID-19 will affect jobs in Asia and the Pacific and proposes policy actions to manage the impacts. COVID-19 is driving economies into recession, putting many jobs at risk. Up to 242 million full-time jobs could be lost globally, with 70% of these in Asia and the Pacific. Informal employees in vulnerable sectors will be hard hit and many middle-skilled workers face being displaced into lower paying work. The pandemic will also spur a digital transformation of work and the workplace. The brief discusses these issues and suggests policy responses for the region’s developing economies. These include more social protection for the unemployed and vulnerable and investing in digital readiness and skills for the digital economy.

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COVID-19 Crisis Response: IOM Publishes COVID-19 Guidance for Employers and Labour Recruiters

COVID-19 Crisis Response: IOM Publishes COVID-19 Guidance for Employers and Labour Recruiters

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread, with more than one million confirmed cases globally, businesses and employers – alongside governments and other stakeholders – have a vital role to play in safeguarding the rights and wellbeing of the estimated 164 million international migrant workers and their communities around the world. Migrant workers are disproportionately impacted by the negative effects of COVID-19 on businesses, including through soaring unemployment rates and possible loss of income. It is therefore vital that international brands, their suppliers and other business partners respond comprehensively and collaboratively to the current situation. In doing so, they must recognize their shared responsibility to protect migrant workers and work together with governments towards avoiding costs of economic damages being passed onto workers.

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Migration Health Evidence Portal for COVID-19

Migration Health Evidence Portal for COVID-19

This evidence portal is a repository of research publications and high-yield evidence briefs on COVID-19 and its intersection with migration health. The content of this platform is updated regularly. The scientific literature and knowledge base on the epidemic rapidly expand daily. Tremendous efforts are being made by the global community of clinicians, researchers, and journal editors to advance scientific evidence to guide policy and decision making at the field level. There is a need to build evidence platforms for sharing and distilling key findings emergent from the growing body of scientific literature, relevant to migration, health, and human mobility. These findings can ultimately assist evidence-informed decision making from a migration lens.

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Migrant workers and the COVID-19 pandemic

Migrant workers and the COVID-19 pandemic

The policy brief reviews the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrants working in agri-food systems and their families in rural areas of origin. It points out some of the policy implications and presents key policy recommendations. Measures affecting the movement of people (internally and internationally) and resulting labour shortages, will have an impact on agricultural value chains, affecting food availability and market prices globally. At the same time, large shares of migrants work under informal or casual arrangements, which leave them unprotected, vulnerable to exploitation, poverty and food insecurity, and often without access to healthcare, social protection and the measures being put in place by governments.

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ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON MIGRANT WORKERS IN INTERNATIONAL SUPPLY CHAINS

ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON MIGRANT WORKERS IN INTERNATIONAL SUPPLY CHAINS

While the 164 million migrant workers globally are already vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, many among them risk being hit hardest by the negative impacts of COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses that employ migrant workers play an important role during emergency situations by mitigating human rights risks. This survey is designed to help businesses monitor the impact of the COVID-19 on employers and migrant workers and guide the development of effective measures that can be taken by employers and their business partners. This COVID-19 Employer Survey has been produced by IOM’s Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking (CREST) Initiative. We encourage businesses to share consolidated findings and suggestion for improvement directly with us (iom_crest@iom.int). This will help guide IOM’s programming to assist migrant workers, governments and businesses before, during and after health epidemics.

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COVID-19 Emerging Immigration, Consular and Visa Needs & Recommendations

COVID-19 Emerging Immigration, Consular and Visa Needs & Recommendations

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing travel restrictions, many migrants, including laborers, students, asylum seekers, and their families, have become stranded or are facing situations of increased vulnerabilities. Amongst the situations encountered by migrants, many are unable to meet legal requirements or access visa processes, and face the risk of breaking regulations and finding themselves in an irregular situation, through no fault of their own.

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Global IOM COVID-19 Analytical Snapshots

Global IOM COVID-19 Analytical Snapshots

These COVID-19 Analytical Snapshots are designed to capture the latest information and analysis in a fast-moving environment. Topics will be repeated from time to time as analysis develops.

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