A survey report on “Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Returnee Migrants in Bangladesh” conducted by YPSA.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is causing a global health emergency and economic slowdown. Trade, investment, growth, and employment are all being affected. Labour Market and Migrants is currently one of the most affected sectors due to outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. The International Labor Organization (ILO) predicts that Corona will lose about 190 million jobs worldwide. It is reported that more than 5 lakh migrants have returned to Bangladesh in the last couple of months (February-May 2020). Most migrants have returned from the Middle East and Europe. And about one thousand migrants have died of coronavirus at home and abroad. Research revealed that migrants who remain abroad are at risk of unemployment, hunger, housing crisis and infection as a result of lockdowns or blockades. As well as migrants who returned they faced social discrimination, isolation, economic crisis, extreme uncertainty and instability. Meanwhile, governments and developing partners have taken several steps and action which have created trust and comfort among the people. But many feel that these initiatives are not enough and should be worked out in more comprehensively.