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Foreign labour and Covid-19 outbreaks

Khmer Times, Malaysia, 30 November 2020 - One of the worst-kept secrets in the country is how out of control migrant workers’ management has been the past decade. Or longer.

Posted by Site Admin at Dec 01, 2020 05:44 PM |
Taiwan to ban entry of migrant workers from Indonesia on Dec. 4

Taiwan News, Taiwan, 30 November 2020 - Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday (Nov. 30) announced that it will be imposing a ban on all migrant workers from Indonesia on Dec. 4 as Wuhan coronavirus cases skyrocket in the Southeast Asian country.

Posted by Site Admin at Dec 01, 2020 05:42 PM |
Time to allow migrant workers out of dorms? Health experts weigh in

Asia One, Singapore, 30 November 2020 - Nearly three weeks have passed since a Covid-19 case was last reported in foreign worker dormitories, and some health experts now approve of easing the strict movement restrictions on them.

Posted by Site Admin at Dec 01, 2020 05:36 PM |
COVID-19 Makes Life Tougher for Migrant Workers in S. Korea

The Korea Bizwire, Korea, 30 November 2020 - South Korea’s human rights watchdog warned that in the midst of the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, the human rights of migrant workers living in this country are being infringed.

Posted by Site Admin at Dec 01, 2020 05:34 PM |
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Estimating Earnings Losses of Migrant Workers Due to COVID-19

While the wide-ranging impact of COVID-19 on incomes and livelihoods of people around the world will take some time to become known and understood, it is already clear that those who are in manual, mostly low-wage, occupations are among the worst-hit workers. This paper uses data from a sample survey of migrant workers to come up with useful parameters for estimating the potential losses from possible retrenchment of migrant workers due to the pandemic. The paper employs a simple estimation model using parameters derived from data collected from a KNOMADILO survey of low-skilled migrant workers in the India–Saudi Arabia migration corridor, conducted during 2016–2017. An important fnding is that the aggregate losses that low-skilled Indian workers in Saudi Arabia are likely to incur due to COVID-19-related retrenchment may be as high as 21% of their expected earnings. Adding recruitment costs can push up their losses to 36% of expected or potential earnings, while the aggregate remittances to their families could drop by USD 2 billion.

Posted by Site Admin at Oct 01, 2020 12:00 AM |
Projection of the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Welfare of Remittance-Dependent Households in the Philippines

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is inevitably affecting remittance-dependent countries through economic downturns in the destination countries, and restrictions on travel and sending remittances to their home country. We explore the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the welfare of remittance-dependent households using a dataset collected in the Philippines prior to the outbreak. First, we confirm that remittances are associated with welfare of households, particularly for those whose head is male or lower educated. Then, we use the revision of the 2020 GDP projections before and after the COVID-19 crisis to gauge potential impacts on households caused by the pandemic. We find that remittance inflow will decrease by 14–20% and household spending per capita will decline by 1–2% (food expenditure per capita by 2–3%) in one year as a result of the pandemic.

Posted by Site Admin at Oct 01, 2020 12:00 AM |
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and migrant remittances- Protecting an economic lifeline

Remittances constitute a global lifeline for people across the planet, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Their importance has even exceeded that of foreign aid, private capital flows and foreign direct investment in developing countries. The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted remittance inflows to Africa, mainly owing to the situation that African migrants face in destination countries, many of which have been the greatly affected by the pandemic, and the disruption of the operations of remittance service providers. Based on World Bank projections, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) projects that remittance inflows to Africa could decline by 21 per cent in 2020, implying $18 billion less will go to the people who rely on that money. It is therefore critical to preserve this essential lifeline. As the world enters an economic downturn, remittance flows will be more important than ever for the poorest and most vulnerable people, in particular those without access to economic and social safety nets. Governments across the world should take effective action to facilitate and boost remittances in view of supporting the fight against COVID-19 and ultimately building a more sustainable post-pandemic world. Against this backdrop, ECA and ONE Campaign have analyzed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic globally and in Africa, and have explored ways to attenuate the socio-economic consequences and preserve remittance lifeline.

Posted by Site Admin at Oct 01, 2020 12:00 AM |
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.

Posted by Site Admin at Aug 10, 2020 12:00 AM |
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