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This Rapid Assessment Report was prepared at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of writing, the pandemic has claimed over 551,000 lives, and affected over 12 million individuals globally. The situation is especially grave in South Asia where the incidence of COVID-19 cases is increasing rapidly, with India leading the number of confirmed cases. The pandemic has created disruptions in health care systems, global supply chains, and human mobility. The closure of businesses in key economic sectors has led to job-losses that has disproportionately impacted millions, especially individuals in the lower rungs of the socio-economic ladder such as migrant workers. In addition, this Rapid Assessment aims to capture the current situation of migrant workers to inform the Government’s policymaking efforts as it braces for an unprecedented return of migrant workers. This report, largely based on phone surveys, captures the views of 625 migrants based in 8 primary destination countries (GCC countries, Malaysia and India), and is further enriched with focus group discussions and secondary data analysis. Migration to the aforementioned 8 countries is a temporary phenomenon.


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