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Jakarta Post

How regions can cope with return migration in COVID-19 era

  • Sonny Harry B Harmadi


Jakarta   /   Wed, July 1, 2020   /  03:19 pm
How regions can cope with return migration in COVID-19 era Travelers disembark from a ship at the Ketapang port in Banyuwangi, East Java, on May 19, 2020. (Antara/Budi Candra Setya)

Throughout the past century, the world has encountered numerous outbreaks, ranging from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to Ebola, until the novel coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic in March.  SARS-Cov2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has infected more than 9 million people in six months. The pandemic has prompted governments around the world to take draconian measures to contain the spread of the virus. The economy has been put to a halt, leaving millions of workers furloughed or laid off. The impact is particularly worse for migrant workers. While facing uncertainty as to sustain their lives and the livelihood of their families back home, they scramble to find ways to return home. As the pandemic unravels, we learn how the migrants cope with these uncertainties and how governments react to the sudden influx of people. Return migration bears different im...

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