SIHMA | Scalabrini Institute For Human Mobility In Africa


On 16 November 2021, within the actions of the "Faces of Migration" project, an online training day was held the CSER Foundationpublished this publication on February 2022.

The day was co-organised by the CSER Foundation and FOCSIV, the CSER Foundation already in 2020 presented international research on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic was having on migrants. After another year of the pandemic crisis, it is necessary to draw attention to how the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health emergency but also represents a serious economic and labour market crisis that is having a dramatic impact on people on a global scale, especially the most vulnerable, including migrant workers. According to preliminary estimates by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the economic and labour crisis caused by COVID-19 could increase unemployment worldwide by almost 25 million people.

The ILO estimates that between 8.8 and 35 million more people will find themselves in in-work poverty worldwide. The effects of the crisis on people have already disproportionately affected migrant workers. This is due to the endemic fragility caused by an increased frequency of temporary contracts, concentration in particular sectors strongly affected by the lockdown (personal care, services, tourism), and due to occupations that can hardly be performed remotely, the foreign population has been shown to be more vulnerable in 2020, with millions of people losing their jobs.

The ILO estimates that there are 164 million migrant workers worldwide, almost half of them women; they represent 4.7 per cent of the global labour force. Although not all of these workers will return to their countries of origin - after losing their jobs due to the pandemic and the resulting crisis - ILO research in more than 20 countries indicates that millions will be forced to do so, despite the fact that most countries of origin have limited scope to reintegrate workers. How to respond to this new 'emergency'? What is the state of play for migrants in different countries of the world? What internationally coordinated measures can be taken to limit the impact of this 'new' crisis?

These are some of the questions that the numerous expert presentations will attempt to answer during the training day, without forgetting the focus on the deontological representation of the problem, which will conclude the day. Live streaming of the conference can be found on the CSER Foundation Facebook page.

After a first part dedicated to the Italian and European situation, a wide overview was offered aoutside the European Unione, i.d. United Kingdom (Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham), USA (Stefano Luconi, University of Padua), Canada (Martin Pâquet, Université Laval - Quebec), Latin America (Brazil-Argentina, Paolo Parise, CEM - São Paulo, Sidnei Marco Dornelas, CEMLA - Buenos Aires), Gulf States (Gennaro Errichiello, SOAS - Department of Politics and International Studies of the School of Oriental and Asian Studies) and Africa, with a contribution of the Executive Director of SIHMA Fr Filippo Ferraro.

The Report is is italian and can be downloaded at this page. We hope that we will be able to translate soon our contribution in English.



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