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.