Migration and Development Brief

Migration and Development Brief 32: COVID-19 Crisis Through a Migration Lens

Global remittances are projected to decline sharply by about 20 percent in 2020 due to the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown. The projected fall, which would be the sharpest decline in recent history, is largely due to a fall in the wages and employment of migrant workers, who tend to be more vulnerable to loss of employment and wages during an economic crisis in a host country.

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  1. Viewing the COVID-19 Crisis through a Migration Lens
    1. Impacts on Employment of Foreign Workers and Their Earnings.
    2. Impacts on Internal Migration
    3. Remittance Flows to Decline in 2020
    4. Slower Progress in Reducing Remittance Costs and other Migration-related Development Goals
    5. Policy Responses Should Be Inclusive of Migrants and Their Remittances
  2. Regional Trends in Migration and Remittance Flows
    1. East Asia and the Pacific
    2. Europe and Central Asia
    3. Latin America and the Caribbean
    4. Middle East and North Africa
    5. South Asia
    6. Sub-Saharan Africa