Many Bangladeshi migrant workers are going through a tough time in Iraq due to the shutdown enforced in the country.
Many Bangladeshi migrant workers are going through a tough time in Iraq due to the shutdown enforced in the country.
This is an extreme underestimation, going by the other assessments made by Central and State governments, including Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s estimate of 8 crore stranded migrants.
A growing number of Venezuelan migrants in Colombia displaced during the pandemic have set up a makeshift camp on a tree-covered patch on the outskirts of Bogota, raising fears of an outbreak. They live crowded in tents with no running water or electricity. They’re urging Colombian officials to help them get back to Venezuela, but migration authorities say fewer numbers of people are being allowed to cross the border, creating a bottleneck. Many are children, pregnant women and elderly. The Associated Press visited the makeshift camp and observed a lack of sanitary conditions. Most people don’t have masks and social distancing is nearly impossible.
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — More than 400 migrants are living aboard pleasure cruise vessels bobbing in the sea off Malta, many of them for weeks now. But for them, it’s no pleasure, only uncertainty over their fate and they aren’t cruising anywhere.
Migrants from Haiti, Congo, Bangladesh, and Yemen, who were traveling to find a better life in the United States and Canada, now find themselves quarantined for more than 50 days in Panama. They are sheltering at an official government migration support station in the small town of La Peñita near Panama’s border with Colombia. Their movement has been stopped by border closings and fears that they are carriers of COVID-19.
TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – Des migrants africains, cubains et haïtiens bloqués au Honduras après la fermeture des frontières en raison de la pandémie de coronavirus ont commencé à marcher vers le nord mardi pour tenter d’atteindre les États-Unis, ont déclaré les autorités migratoires.
NEW YORK - President Donald Trump’s decision to deny asylum seekers entrance at the U.S. southern border has left more than 60,000 people in limbo and exacerbated problems fueled by the global pandemic, according to a new report.
(NEW YORK) — Zarina Ermyrzayeva lived in a two-bedroom apartment in Moscow with nine other people, all immigrant workers from Central Asia.
In late April, she and several of her roommates tested positive for novel coronavirus after falling severely ill with pneumonia symptoms. After a week in the hospital, they returned to the apartment.
For over a month following, they were unable to leave. Quarantine rules forbade them from stepping outside, even to buy groceries. Unable to work and with no money to get deliveries, their food ran out.
Panama intends to transport some 1,900 migrants, who have been stranded in that country due to COVID-19 after crossing the inhospitable Darien jungle, closer to the border with Costa Rica, the Panamanian government announced Saturday after a resolution by the Inter-American Court.
Life in Hamilton is almost as good as it gets for the Gonzales family - former refugees from Colombia. Except for the fact their eldest children are stuck in COVID-19-ridden Ecuador.
SAO PAULO — Surrounded by boxes, a pile of rice packages and mattresses, José Ávila Saavedra sat on the floor with a thousand-yard stare Wednesday. For two weeks he has lived inside Sao Paulo’s international airport, his life one interminable layover.
States urgently need to rethink their individual responses to COVID-19 and coordinate a collective approach to include and protect all people living in their territories. Español Português
Invoquant la pandémie de Covid-19, Malte a fermé ses ports en avril et refuse de laisser débarquer des réfugiés. Le pays a donc “logé” quelque 300 d’entre eux sur des bateaux touristiques, au large de ses côtes. Comme l’observent différents titres, une étrange jurisprudence s’est installée, pendant la pandémie, en matière migratoire.
Alors que les mesures de confinement sont progressivement levées en Russie, des milliers de travailleurs migrants centrasiatiques ne peuvent reprendre le travail, mettant à mal la survie des communautés restées au pays.
What does the COVID-19 crisis mean for aspiring migrants who are planning to leave home?
What does the COVID-19 crisis mean for #aspiring_migrants who are planning to leave home?
In late April 2020, I decided to document the experiences of aspiring nurse migrants from the Philippines, where the government had imposed a one-month quarantine in many parts of the country. With two colleagues based in Manila, we recruited interviewees through Facebook, and then spoke to Filipino nurses “stranded” in different provinces within the Philippines – all with pending contracts in the UK, Singapore, Germany, and Saudi Arabia.
Initially, we thought that our project would help paint a broader picture of how #COVID-19 creates an “unprecedented” form of immobility for health workers (to borrow the language of so many news reports and pundits in the media). True enough, our interviewees’ stories were marked with the loss of time, money, and opportunity.
Lost time, money, opportunity
Most striking was the case of Mabel in Cebu City. Mabel began to worry about her impending deployment to the UK when the Philippine government cancelled all domestic trips to Manila, where her international flight was scheduled to depart. Her Manila-based agency tried to rebook her flight to leave from Cebu to the UK. Unfortunately, the agency had taken Mabel’s passport when processing her papers, which is a common practice among migration agencies, and there was no courier service that could deliver it to her in time. Eventually, Mabel’s British employers put her contract on hold because the UK had gone on lockdown as well.
As nurses grapple with disrupted plans, recruitment agencies offer limited support. Joshua, a nurse from IloIlo, flew to Manila with all his belongings, only to find out that his next flight to Singapore was postponed indefinitely. His agent refunded his placement fee but provided no advice on what to do next. “All they said was, ‘Umuwi ka nalang’ (Just go home),” Joshua recalled. “I told them that I’m already here. I resigned from my job…Don’t tell me to go home.” With 10 other nurses, Joshua asked the agency to appeal for financial assistance from their employer in Singapore. “We signed a contract. Aren’t we their employees already?” They received no response from either party.
Mabel and Joshua’s futile efforts to get through the closing of both internal and international borders reflects the unique circumstances of the pandemic. However, as we spoke to more interviewees about their interrupted migration journeys, I couldn’t help but wonder: how different is pandemic-related immobility from the other forms of immobility that aspiring nurse migrants have faced in the past?
Pandemic as just another form of immobility?
Again, Mabel’s story is illuminating. Even before she applied to the UK, Mabel was no stranger to cancelled opportunities. In 2015, she applied to work as a nurse in Manitoba, Canada. Yet, after passing the necessary exams, Mabel was told that Manitoba’s policies had changed and her work experiences were no longer regarded to be good enough for immigration. Still hoping for a chance to leave, Mabel applied to an employer in Quebec instead, devoting two years to learn French and prepare for the language exam. However, once again, her application was withdrawn because recruiters decided to prioritize nurses with “more experience.”
One might argue that the barriers to mobility caused by the pandemic is incomparable to the setbacks created by shifting immigration policies. However, in thinking through Mabel’s story and that of our other interviewees, it seems that the emotional distress experienced in both cases are not all that different.
As migration scholars now reflect more deeply on questions of immobility, it might be useful to consider how the experiences of immobility are differentiated. Immobility is not a single thing. How does a virus alter aspiring migrants’ perception about their inability to leave the country? As noted in a previous blog post from Xiao Ma, the COVID-19 pandemic may bring about new regimes of immobility, different from the immigration regimes that have blocked nurses’ plans in the past. It might also lead to more intense moral judgments on those who do eventually leave.
April, a nurse bound for Saudi Arabia, recounted a conversation with a neighbor who found out that she was a “stranded” nurse. Instead of commiserating, the neighbor told April, “Dito ka nalang muna. Kailangan ka ng Pilipinas” (Well you should stay here first. Your country needs you). April said she felt a mixture of annoyance and pity. “I feel sorry for Filipino patients. I do want to serve…But I also need to provide for my family.”
Now, my collaborators and I realized that our ongoing research must also work to differentiate pandemic-related immobility from the barriers that nurse migrants have faced in the past. For our interviewees, the pandemic seems more unpredictable and limits the options they can take. For now, all of our interviewees have been resigned to waiting at home, in the hope of borders opening up once again.
Immobility among migration scholars
More broadly, perhaps this is also a time to reflect on our own immobility as scholars whose travels for field work and conferences have been put on hold. Having the university shut down and international activity frozen is truly unprecedented. However, in some ways, many scholars have long experienced other forms of immobility as well.
While the COVID-19 crisis had forced me to cancel two conferences in the last two months, one of my Manila-based collaborators has never attended an academic event beyond Asia because his applications for tourist visas have always been rejected (twice by the Canadian embassy, once by the US embassy). Another friend, a Filipino PhD student, had to wait two months for approval to conduct research in Lebanon, prompting her to write a “back-up proposal” for her dissertation in case her visa application was declined.
Browsing through social media, it is interesting for me to observe an increasing number of American and British scholars ruminating on their current “immobility.” Living in this moment of pandemic, I can understand that it is tempting to think of our current constraints as exceptional. However, we also need to pause and consider how immobility is not a new experience for many others.
@sinehebdo —> nouveau mot
#aspiring_migrants (qui peut ressembler un peu à #candidats_à_l'émigration qu’on a déjà, mais c’est pas tout à fait cela quand même... #futurs_migrants ?)
#vocabulaire #mots #terminologie #agences #contrat #travail #coronavirus #stranded #blocage
Les chercheurs distinguent les personnes qui asiprent à migrer, c’est-à-dire qui déclare la volonté de partir, des personnes qui ont entamé des démarches effectives pour partir au cours des dernières semaines (demande de visa, envoi de CV, demande d’un crédit bancaire, etc.). Les enquêtes montrent que la différence entre les deux groupes est quantitativement très importante.
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Hundreds of Venezuelans seeking to return home gathered in a makeshift tent camp outside their embassy in Santiago on Thursday, as the coronavirus outbreak spurs a reverse migration wave of those who fled their crisis-stricken country in recent years.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Two sisters dressed up as clowns are visiting shelters packed with Indian migrants, trying to bring a moment of levity to poor families stranded in cities where they can no longer afford rent or food.
Border closures leave migrant workers both at the higher and lower ends of the labour market trapped and jobless.
Les pays dans lesquels ils ont arrêté de travailler veulent les renvoyer chez eux ; ceux dont ils sont originaires n’ont pas toujours les moyens, ni la volonté, de les rapatrier, explique le journaliste du « Monde » Julien Bouissou.
Thousands of migrants have been stranded “all over the world” where they face a heightened risk of COVID-19 infection, the head of UN migration agency, IOM, said on Thursday.
Le Karnataka arrête des trains spéciaux pour les migrants, Haryana CM appelle également les travailleurs à rester dans un exode déclenché par le verrouillage
NEW DELHI : L’exode des travailleurs migrants déclenché par le verrouillage du coronavirus s’est poursuivi avec plus de 1,35 lakh de personnes bloquées dans le pays transportées depuis le 1er mai dans plus de 140 trains spéciaux, tandis qu’une nouvelle rangée a éclaté après que le gouvernement du Karnataka a retiré sa demande pour de tels trains, apparemment due aux préoccupations concernant la pénurie de main-d’œuvre.
On April 29, the Central government made an announcement that filled Bheem Shukla (name changed) with hope. After 40 days of a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus that left millions of migrant workers stranded, jobless and hungry, the government would finally allow them to return home.