Displaced persons get respite as ILO assesses impact of COVID-19 on migrant workers

By Foster Obi

Based on the severed impact the COVID-19 is having on millions of migrant workers globally, the International Labour Organisation(ILO),  will on Wednesday take an expert look at this impact and how this problem could be mitigated.

According to the United Nation’s (UN) specialized agency, the documents include assessments of the impact of COVID-19 on migrant workers in Hong Kong, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, the Arab states and the ASEAN region. They cover the effects on seasonal workers, refugee workers and other displaced persons.

There is also guidance on maximizing the benefits to home countries of the returning wave of migrants, recognizing skills, ensuring fair recruitment, extending social protection coverage, and finding new jobs or re-migrating safely. The findings will be presented by:  Manuela Tomei, Director, Conditions of Work and Equality Department, ILO Geneva Michelle Leighton, Chief Labour Migration, ILO Geneva, Ryszard Cholewinski, Regional Migration Specialist for the Arab States (Beirut),  Nilim Baruah, Regional Migration Specialist for Asia and the Pacific (Bangkok, Shabari Nair, Labour Migration Specialist for South Asia (New Delhi)Theo Sparreboom, Labour Migration Specialist for Eastern and Southern Africa (Pretoria).

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a United Nations agency whose mandate is to advance social and economic justice through setting international labour standards. Founded in 1919 under the League of Nations, it is the first and oldest specialised agency of the UN.