Impact of COVID-19 on India’s migrant workers

India’s migrant workers have faced many difficulties. With factories and workplaces closed due to the nationwide closure, millions of migrant workers had to deal with loss of income, food shortages and uncertainty about their future. After this, most of them and their families went hungry. Thousands of them began their journey back home, with no way to get around because of the closure. In response, the Central and Local Governments took various measures to assist them, and later arranged for them to be taken.

More than 300 migrant workers died as a result of the closure, due to starvation, suicide, fatigue, road and train accidents, police brutality and denial of timely medical care.Thousands of immigrants have been protesting across the country, demanding better transportation, less food, and more restrictions. Some of the protests turned violent.

The invisible corona virus epidemic is a major global problem, with almost every country in the world affected. However, the impact affects individual countries in very different ways.

Last month, surveyed 60,000 of our members and based on feedback, businesses in India, China and Japan are facing the worst economic impact. More than 85% of respondents in India and China are experiencing a sharp decline, and India reported a high number of respondents who said the decline in revenue would be critical (70%). This particularly affects the clothing, footwear, construction and agricultural sectors.

On March 23, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi , entered the country during the closure to control the distribution of COVID-19. While the Indian population of 1.3 billion people accepts changes in forced legal travel, 40 million Indian workers have different challenges they face.

Because of the dangerous state of labor in India, many day-to-day workers, often immigrants, have lost their way of life because of the ban. This has created problems including hunger, family separation and no other means of employment . Inland workers include high-paying and high-security jobs, in key areas such as construction, hospitality, textiles, manufacturing, transportation, services and domestic work .

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