Migrant Workers Among the Most Affected by the PandemicBy MBN Staff | Thu, 03/18/2021 - 16:13
During the pandemic, international migrant workers have been more vulnerable due to their precarious labor situation, with limited access to social security systems, lack of support networks like those in their country of origin, discrimination, legal exclusion and lack of knowledge of administrative procedures, reported this week the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico and Central America, 51 percent of migrant workers lost their jobs, according to the report. Of those who remained employed, 41 percent suffered wage reduction, 5 percent were not paid, 7 percent had a reduction in their income because they were self-employed and the rest did not experience an impact on their income. Faced with this scenario, 21 percent of the migrant population in Central America and Mexico is considering returning to their home country, said the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
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