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Jakarta Post

ASEAN, migrant workers and the COVID-19 crisis

  • Wahyu Susilo


Jakarta   /   Fri, June 26, 2020   /  10:16 am
ASEAN, migrant workers and the COVID-19 crisis Indonesian migrant workers from Malaysia wait to return to their hometowns on April 28. As of May 18, Indonesia had repatriated more than 100,000 of its citizens, 591 of whom had tested positive for COVID-19. (Antara/Aswaddy Hamid)

This weekend ASEAN will hold a high-level conference that will be participated by all heads of government from the 10 ASEAN member countries, with focus likely to be given to concerted efforts to handle the COVID-19 pandemic. The leaders had previously met online for a special high-level conference related to COVID-19 on April 14 and produced the Declaration of the Special ASEAN Summit on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). From the critical reading of Migrant CARE, this declaration is very normative and does not address the crucial issues regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the vulnerable communities in the region, especially migrant workers. The declaration focuses more on medical governance and information exchange during the COVID-19 pandemic. While those issues are definitely important, ignorance of the non-health aspects of the pandemic only demonstrates how st...

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