|Migration and Development Brief 32: COVID-19 Crisis Through a Migration Lens||Download|
The economic crisis induced by COVID‐19 could be long, deep, and pervasive when viewed through a
migration lens. Lockdowns, travel bans, and social distancing have brought global economic activities to
a near standstill. Host countries face additional challenges in many sectors, such as health and
agriculture, that depend on the availability of migrant workers. Migrants face the risk of contagion and
also the possible loss of employment, wages, and health insurance coverage. This Migration and
Development Brief provides a prognosis of how these events might affect global trends in international
economic migration and remittances in 2020 and 2021.