New Report on the Socio-Economic Impact of Covid-19 on Labour Mobility in the Pacific Region

cover page for IOM Fiji Covid 19 rapid assessment

DMA Global's Director for DMA Asia-Pacific, Jon Capal, recently worked with IOM Fiji to complete a rapid assessment of the socio-economic impacts of Covid-19 on Labour Mobility in the Pacific region. 

The full report can be accessed here

This report constitutes a rapid assessment of how COVID-19 has affected labour mobility and broader migration trends in the Pacific region, examining the perspectives of government officials, migrants awaiting departure in countries of origin, migrants (seasonal workers and temporary migrants) in destination countries, diaspora communities, and development partners. Countries covered under the assessment include Fiji, Marshall Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, in addition to Australia, New Zealand and the United States as countries of destination. 

Aside from Fiji, which has experienced a small number of COVID-19 cases, none of the other focus countries have suffered any direct health impacts and there are no reported cases among seasonal and temporary migrant workers in Australia and New Zealand. Currently, Pacific Governments are readying themselves for the return of repatriated workers and citizens with initiatives that seek to support and facilitate individuals in quarantine for up to 14 days. Furthermore, medical facilities have been prepared to support potential COVID-19 cases that may emerge once border restrictions are lifted. Primary research identified immediate financial and welfare responses across the region in addition to Australia and New Zealand that have helped support migrants and their families to address the impact of COVID-19 and risk mitigation measures. The research has also addressed what has or in some instances, has not taken place to support the households of seasonal workers, and those workers who have been unable to depart for their work placements.

The full report can be accessed here