|Speakers at a virtual conference facilitated by the Christian Conference of Asia agreed that migrant workers are among those most vulnerable amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia and the Arabian Gulf – especially those who are semi-skilled, those employed in domestic work, and those in labour camps both internal migrant workers and overseas workers.
The webinar, entitled “Plight of Migrant Workers amidst the COVID-19 Crisis,” was part of a series of virtual conferences focusing on issues and challenges related to COVID-19.
The global socio-economic crisis that has followed in the wake of the pandemic has thrust the future of migrant workers into grave unpredictability as they have lost employment and means of livelihood practically overnight.
Their condition is exacerbated by their exclusion from government assistance, their invisibility in the workforce, and deepening social inequality.
The next webinar in the series, “Churches in Asia Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis,” will be on 7 May.