Added Risks, Significant Contributions

Migrants and refugees are suffering disproportionately from the COVID-19 pandemic despite playing an outsized role propping up economies and essential services.
A new OECD report finds:

  • Migrants are twice as likely to contract the virus as other groups.
  • Migrants account for 24% of doctors and 16% of nurses in in OECD states.
  • Even during strict lockdowns, several countries made exceptions to let immigrant workers in to help harvest.
  • Still migration in OECD states dropped 50% in the first half of 2020.

And: Migrants’ countries of origin are suffering as it becomes more difficult for workers to send money home.  
Deutsche Welle

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