Policy Brief: COVID-19 and Women Migrant Workers in ASEAN

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, countries in the ASEAN region have implemented measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic, including lockdowns, quarantines, and border closures. Policy responses related to migrant workers have varies from facilitating visa extensions, to, in a single country, immigration raids and detention. Throughout the region, many businesses and other organizations (including migrant and women support services) have had to cease operations or reduce working hours. In May, at the time of drafting this brief, some countries in the region have eased restrictions, through the way of secondary waves of infection as crowded migrant dormitories, other accommodations and detention centres have been prone to outbreaks.

This brief explores the multi-dimensional impact on women migrant workers, highlighting that COVID-19 is not only a health crisis but also a crisis with detrimental effects on freedom from violence and harassment, employment, income, social protection, access to services, and access to justice.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Asia and the Pacific

Subject area(s): Economic empowerment; Migrant workers; Migration; Health; COVID-19

Resource type: Briefs; Policy papers

Publication year: 2020

Number of pages: 20