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World The impact of the pandemic on migrants in West and North Africa

05:25  26 september  2020
05:25  26 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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A report released by the International Organization for Migration highlights the impact of the pandemic on migrants in West and South Africa North. IOM believes that the virus and its consequences increase the risks migrants face in these regions, both in health and economic terms.

The International Organization for Migration estimates that migrants from West and North Africa are exposed to the pandemic, as less than half of them are able to apply the protective measures against the virus.

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With the health crisis, the risks linked to illegal migration are also increasing. According to Irene Schöfberger, who participated in the IOM report, the measures adopted by governments in their fight against Covid have reduced mobility and caused changes in the routes taken. Passages through the desert, for example, have become more frequent, as well as a rising price for illegal crossings.

Finally, the IOM underlines the economic impact. The coronavirus is damaging the global economy, and for migrants from West and North Africa, leads to job and income losses. As a result, remittances to countries of origin are likely to decline dramatically, just when they need it most. The World Bank estimates that remittances to sub-Saharan Africa should decline 23% and 20% to the Middle East and North Africa.

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