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Call for an Urgent Justice Mechanism for Repatriated Migrant Workers

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CALL FOR AN URGENT JUSTICE MECHANISM FOR
REPATRIATED MIGRANT WORKERS
July 3, 2020 · by macimide · in Announcements

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The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted millions of migrant workers in
destination countries, many of whom have experienced job loss or non-payment of
wages, been forced by employers to take unpaid leave or reduced wages, been
confined in poor living conditions, and with little or no engagement in the work

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options before them. Many migrant workers also struggle with the dilemma of
exercising their right to return in these circumstances, while others remain stranded

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in cities without access to services or support, or in border areas, living in precarious
conditions posing as quarantine facilities.
Countries of destination and origin have begun repatriation procedures of these
workers, without giving thought to their predicament and presenting the returns as
inevitable. Millions will be repatriated to situations of debt bondage as they will be

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forced to pay off recruitment fees and costs, despite returning empty handed.

wages and benefits. Without ensuring that companies and employers are doing their
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migrant workers, states across the migration corridor become complicit in overseeing
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