Impact of COVID-19 on Migrants and Refugees in the Arab Region - Policy Brief

Migrants and refugees are among the social groups most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and are suffering disproportionately from its social and economic consequences.

Briefing note | 18 December 2020
They are at the forefront of the pandemic, providing essential services including health, cleaning, domestic work, agriculture and food production, and ensuring the continuity of supply chains across the Arab region. The pandemic has exacerbated the vulnerability of refugees and asylum seekers in urban, rural and camp contexts, while negatively impacting humanitarian assistance.

This policy brief was prepared by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), with inputs from the members of the United Nations Issue-Based Coalition on Migration in the Arab Region.