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Brookings Doha Center Webinar: COVID-19 and Migrant Workers in the Gulf
April 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Brookings Doha Center is pleased to invite you to a webinar discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on key migrant workers in the Gulf region.
The discussion will address the following questions:
What role should international organisations play in advising governments on the pandemic and related labour issues? What have we learned about the interconnectedness of labour policies and public health policies? How will the pandemic change the way labour issues are addressed in the region? And what barriers continue to thwart journalists and other independent monitors trying to find and verify information about the situation on the ground for migrant workers?
Kindly note that there is a maximum capacity to join this webinar.
About the Webinar
One of the foremost challenges following the outbreak of the coronavirus in the Gulf region is the situation of key migrant workers. Many already live and work in environments not conducive to physical distancing. Meanwhile, the remittance process has become complicated due to lockdowns in both the sending and receiving states.
In response to these issues, government ministries have set up hotlines for workers to report workplace and accommodation violations, as well as guidelines to ensure optimal employer-contractor relations during the pandemic. However, media and NGO reports continue to voice concern and criticism regarding the plight of migrant workers in the Gulf. Questions abound surrounding the repatriation of migrant workers, as well as their accommodation conditions, employment status, and access to adequate food. It is also unclear whether the pandemic will slow down, accelerate, or completely halt labour reforms in the long-term.