In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 as a pandemic to describe the worldwide spread and severity of the virus. The disease
has caused many disruptions to economies and societies around the world including its impact on migration. Indeed, the COVID-19 has greatly affected both migrant-
sending and -receiving countries. In the case of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, repatriation of foreign workers is currently being implemented to help
suppress the pandemic as 49% of the GCC population are comprised of migrants.
This, in turn, affects more than half of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who reside in the Gulf states. Is the Gulf region prepared for the long-term consequences of
such measures? Is the Philippines prepared to ensure the safe return and reintegration of OFWs? Are some of the questions to address in this event.
By the end of this event, participants will be able to:
- Understand the Gulf countries’ differential repatriation logics, measures, and its implications to migration governance amid the COVID-19
- Explore effects of the pandemic on the well-being of migrants including the future of labor migration
The event includes presentations with experts, followed by a Q&A session.
This event is addressed to government officials and professionals interested in Migration issues.