No new normal for Asia’s virally unwanted migrants

A group of Rohingya men queueing for medical check-ups at a transit camp after nearly 300 Rohingya migrants came ashore on the beach in Lhokseumawe on the northern coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, September 9, 2020. Photo: AFP/Rahmat Mirza The pandemic-induced economic crisis has hit Southeast Asia especially hard, with most regional economies expected to record negative growth and record recessions in 2020.

But while analysts weigh which industries will be harder than others, often overlooked is the impact on the region’s migrants, the hidden labor that fuels the usually dynamic region’s growth.

Some 9.9 million Southeast Asians worked outside of […]


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