Impact of COVID-19 on Recent Migrant Workers from Sri Lanka

The spread of the COVID-19 across the globe has created multifaceted implications. Among various groups affected, migrant workers are an important group due to their added vulnerability due to their non- native status in the country of employment. In addition to the adverse implications faced by migrant workers in countries of destination, their families left behind in Sri Lanka are also affected in numerous ways including the stress due to the plight of their loved one in a distant country alone, as well as due to the decline in remittances to the family and or sudden return of migrant worker and destabilization of a regular flow of income.

As such, the goal of the proposed study is to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on migrants and their families. The study aims to collect data from 300 households to have a total of 150 households with migrants who are currently employed overseas and 150 households with migrants who have now returned to Sri Lanka after March 13, 2020.

Research team

Bilesha Weeraratne
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Research and Empirical Analysis of Labour Migration (REALM)