Migrant workers around the world have suffered some of the harshest effects of COVID-19 and the related lockdowns, quarantines and travel restrictions. Yet while the world has recognized “the bravery of frontline workers,” many of whom are migrants, “we must now turn that celebration into something that is meaningful and not just ephemeral,” says United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. We must ensure “fair and ethical recruitment, decent work, and access to health care and social protection without discrimination. Migrants must not be stigmatized or denied access to medical treatment and other public services.” Guterres spoke this week during release of the first UN Secretary General’s report on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration which focuses extensively on the effects of COVID-19 on the world’s 272 million migrants and the guidance the Global Compact offers in addressing the adverse effects on migrant workers. Find out more at the Solidarity Center.
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