Policy Paper: Migrant Workers in the Tourism Industry

How has COVID-19 affected them, and what does the future hold?

The Center for Global Development released a paper about the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on migrant workers in the tourism industry. Millions of migrant workers don´t have a permanent residence status nor a passport of the country they are working in - alone in Europe and the US this group holds 15-20 percent of all jobs in tourism. During the COVID crisis many lost their jobs, were furloughed, had to return to their home countries or to overstay their visas illegally. This article shows how migrant workers must be supported in short terms, but also how to rebuilt a more sustainable system with better working conditions in the future.

 

 

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Migrant Workers in Tourism in Times of Covid-19

Tourismusmitarbeiterin in Eingangshalle
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In an interview with Tourism Watch, Christiane Kuptsch, migartion expert at ILO, explains why migrants working in tourism are particularly affected by the COVID-19-related drop in demand and how they could be supported.

Filipino Seafarers claim working rights

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© Faria Anzum - Unsplash

Seafarers worldwide are stuck on their ships due to COVID-19 – among them many Filipinos. They are facing inadequate hygiene measures, financial difficulties and unemployment.

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