The COVID-19 pandemic and the dissemination management interventions that it necessitated brought an immediate end to the human movement that characterizes our interconnected society. The ramifications for migrants are immense since they depend on jobs away from home to sustain themselves, their homes, and their neighborhoods. People are now living in environments that increase their chance of contracting COVID-19. The pandemic is also impacting vital industries such as manufacturing, which is facing labor shortages. Governments around the world have responded by taking steps to safeguard people's lives and livelihoods. However, the peculiar problems faced by refugees and their communities have been discussed in all too few instances so far. Assembling legislative responses around migrants will assist in protecting this especially disadvantaged population during times of crisis. However, it is also sound economics: securing migrants reduces the danger of transmission for the whole community while also contributing to the sustainability of a source of labor that will be crucial for recovery from COVID-19's economic consequences.
Both exporting and receiving countries will assist migrants significantly by social security measures such as social safety net services, job retention policies, and employment growth policies. Changes to migration legislation could be necessary to bolster the support for these policies and services. In a separate blog entry, we addressed remittance interventions. Social protection networks offer financial assistance in the form of cash or in-kind products and services to smooth demand, offset price increases, and avoid poverty. Governments can suggest three alternatives. To begin, current safety net programs' eligibility should be extended to meet the problems faced by migrants. Second, newly developed systems in response to COVID-19 can be introduced regardless of migration status. Thirdly, new services should be developed to assist migrants in overcoming the unique obstacles they encounter. These services include virus testing and recovery, food and lodging, help with commuting, and cash grants.