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Migrant workers from Mexico maintain social distancing as they wait to be transported to Québec farms after arriving in April at Trudeau Airport in Montréal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Migrant workers face further social isolation and mental health challenges during coronavirus pandemic

The demands of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic will make it increasingly difficult for migrant agricultural workers to meet their basic needs.
Domestic migrants work at a construction site in Dhading, Nepal. February 2020. (Sara Shneiderman)

Learning from disasters: Nepal copes with coronavirus pandemic 5 years after earthquake

Nepal’s past dealing with multiple disasters, including the aftermath of its civil war and the massive earthquake of 2015 may have helped the country prepare for the current COVID-19 crisis.
Men who had to take responsibility for younger siblings growing up were not concerned about conforming to dominant ideas about manhood. shutterstock

New research pokes holes in the idea that men don’t look after their kids

About 60% of children in South Africa under 10 years don’t live with their biological fathers. But research sheds light on those who despite the pressures remain involved in their children’s lives.
With the 457 visa scrapped, the new visa work program will have tightened work experience and English language requirements. Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Australian government axes 457 work visa: experts react

The Turnbull government is axing the 457 visa program and replacing it with a new Temporary Skill Shortage Visa but it might not have the desired affect on the labour market.
Backpackers will lose 95% of their superannuation while other workers from overseas retain theirs. Dave Hunt/AAP

Backpacker tax compromise means more discrimination for these workers

The government’s changes to the so called “backpacker tax” will mean these holidaying workers will have less super than other temporary workers in Australia, creating even more inequality.
The thrust of contemporary migration policy is not towards settlement but temporariness, not towards belonging but contingency. AAP

How temporary migration is changing Australia – and the world

Temporary migrants are excluded from the benefits and rights of Australian citizenship. Is such immigration policy compatible with Australia’s democratic principles and values?

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