COVID-19 highlights vulnerability of Gulf’s migrant workers

COVID-19 highlights vulnerability of Gulf’s migrant workers

Fareed Mohamedi
The coronavirus pandemic is having a devastating effect on migrant workers in GCC member states.  Lacking employment and social protections of the native populations, foreign workers are more likely to contract the disease and get the worst possible care. Moreover, they are the most vulnerable to the economic toll exerted by containment measures and the oil price collapse. The response of governments and employers has been predictably harsh.