COVID-19 affects everyone in society but strikes the vulnerable the hardest. Globally migrant workers are disproportionately impacted by the negative effects of COVID-19 on businesses, including soaring unemployment rates and loss of income.
“Employers and business play a vital role in protecting migrant workers and their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many provide essential care, services, and goods and, in doing so, rely heavily on their migrant workforce. This includes nurses, doctors and other frontline care workers as well as the agricultural, transport and retail workers that keep our cities and towns supplied with food and other essential items,” says IOM Director General António Vitorino.
It is therefore vital that the private sector and governments respond comprehensively and collaboratively in order to avoiding costs of economic damages that might pass onto workers, and protect the rights and well-being of the estimated 164 million international migrant workers around the world, as the number of COVID-19 cases passed 1.3 million.
IOM provides guidance for employers to protect migrant workers and respond effectively to the corona crisis. This document will be updated regularly for the duration of the pandemic.Please find the guidance here