Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne highlights need to protect migrant workers during crises

06 October 2020

Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne, IPS Research Fellow and Head of Migration and Urbanisation Policy Research, was a panelist at a webinar on ‘Lessons of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Labour Migration and Remittances in South Asia” organised by the South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) in Kathmandu.

Dr. Weeraratne flagged the importance of rebalancing the responsibility between countries of destination and countries of origin to ensure the well-being of migrant workers at times of crisis. She further stressed the need to develop a common South Asian voice through frameworks such as the SGDs and the GCM to collaborate with countries of destination in the Middle East.

The panel was moderated by Dr. Abid Suleri of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad. Dr. Radhika Kapoor of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, New Delhi and Paras Kharel of SAWTEE, Kathmandu were the other panelists. The keynote address for the session was delivered by Prof. Ravi Srivastava of the Centre for Employment Studies, Institute of Human Development, New Delhi.

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