ASEAN, migrant workers and the COVID-19 crisis

This weekend ASEAN will hold a high-level conference that will be participated by all heads of government from the 10 ASEAN member countries, with focus likely to be given to concerted efforts to handle the COVID-19 pandemic. The leaders had previously met online for a special high-level conference related to COVID-19 on April 14 and produced the Declaration of the Special ASEAN Summit on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). From the critical reading of Migrant CARE, this declaration is very normative and does not address the crucial issues regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the vulnerable communities in the region, especially migrant workers. The declaration focuses more on medical governance and information exchange during the COVID-19 pandemic. While those issues are definitely important, ignorance of the non-health aspects of the pandemic only demonstrates how st... ASEAN, migrant workers and the COVID-19 crisis


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