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Myanmar: ILO warns of migrant workers crisis as Myanmar ponders returnees’ role June 30,2020   |  Source: Myanmar Times

The International Labour Organization (ILO) warned that many millions of migrant workers could face unemployment and poverty after losing their jobs abroad due to COVID-19 and returning to their home countries. The ILO said millions of migrant workers stranded abroad might be required to return home as countries began easing travel restrictions aimed at containing the virus. “Even those with jobs may accept reduced wages and cramped worksite accommodations where social distancing is impossible, putting them at greater risk of contracting the virus,” it said.

The UN labour body said the families of migrant workers “will suffer financially from the loss of the remittances.” “This is a potential crisis within a crisis,” said Manuela Tomei, director of the ILO’s Conditions of Work and Equality Department. “We know that many millions of migrant workers, who were under lockdown in their countries of work, have lost their jobs and are now expected to return home to countries that are already grappling with weak economies and rising unemployment. Cooperation and planning are vital to avert a worse crisis.” An estimated 164 million people are migrant workers worldwide, nearly half of them women, comprising 4.7 percent of the global workforce, the ILO said. Myanmar

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