Coronavirus spurs discrimination towards Chinese, migrants, foreigners in Asia: IFRC | South China Morning Post
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned on Thursday that the novel coronavirus
is driving discrimination towards vulnerable communities in Asia
, including migrants and foreigners. The humanitarian agency surveyed 5,000 people in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Pakistan and found about half blamed a specific group for spreading the coronavirus, with many mentioning Chinese people, immigrants and foreigners.“It is particularly concerning that both national migrant and foreign workers are blamed for the spread of Covid-19 as they are quite vulnerable already,” said Dr Viviane Fluck, one of the lead researchers and the agency’s Asia-Pacific community engagement and accountability coordinator.