Migrant Workers of South Asia: Experiences of Return, Repatriation and Deportation
Migrant workers in South Asia have been particularly hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has thrown a major challenge to all stakeholders who are engaged in the issue of labor migration. It is in this context that the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), a partner in the MISTY project, is holding an eSymposium Series on Covid-19 and Migration titled ‘Build Back Better’.
You are invited to the next eSymposium on ‘Migrant Workers of South Asia: Experiences of Return, Repatriation and Deportation’ that will be held at 4pm Dhaka time on Wednesday, 24 June 2020 (3pm Islamabad time, 3.30pm New Delhi time, 3.45pm Kathmandu time, 3.30pm Colombo time).
Eminent migration experts of South Asia: Dr. Jagannath Adhikari (Senior Visiting Fellow, The Australian National University, Canberra); Dr. Ganesh Gurung (Chair, Nepal Institute Development Studies, Kathmandu); Dr. Nasra M Shah (Professor, Lahore School of Economics, Lahore); Dr. S. Irudaya Rajan (Chair Professor, Centre for Development Studies, Kerala) and Mr. L Kumara Ruhunage (former Additional General Manager of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment) will participate in this event.
Among other issues, the likely number of returnees-deportees, the treatment received at the Countries of Destination (CoD) after the outbreak of Covid-19 (such as accommodation conditions, treatment facilities, violation of rights, loss of wages, benefits and other entitlements) and national responses will be discussed. It will also deal with the important question of whether the countries of origin are better served in negotiating with the CoDs bilaterally or multilaterally through forums such as Colombo Process and Abu Dhabi Dialogue.
Meeting ID: 981 001 6633