Thailand’s large migrant population is facing racist backlash as the country works to contain a new outbreak of COVID-19 tied to a seafood market in Samut Sakhon province, near Bangkok, where a significant portion of the country’s migrants from Myanmar live.
COVID-19 has highlighted the gaps in protection for migrant workers, especially in host countries like Singapore. How can civil society and regional institutions hold governments to account to better protect migrant workers from the next crisis?
Given Thailand’s dire economic outlook wrought by COVID-19, fewer opportunities could lead to an increase in precarious and underpaid work.
Thousands of Filipino migrant workers sent home due to COVID-19 are facing an uncertain welcome.
COVID-19 has increased the risks facing thousands of refugees in Malaysia. All stakeholders in Malaysia should overcome their political differences to formulate a practical immigrant policy.
The Singapore government is planning to reduce crowding and trying to improve conditions for migrant workers, as COVID-19 cases in worker dormitories now account for over 90% of infections in the country.
Thailand has made progress on migrant’s rights in recent years. With the formation of a new government around the corner, leaders should build upon the momentum.
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