Analysis of the Impact of Covid-19 on Migrants from Tajikistan in Russia

Sergey Ryazantsev, University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and Federal University of São Carlos (FUSCar)

The research focuses on the position of Tajik labor migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Russian labor market and in Russian society. Leaving for temporary work in the Russian Federation for citizens of the Republic of Tajikistan has become a widespread phenomenon and a significant socio-economic phenomenon. There are about 1 million Tajik citizens and ethnic Tajiks in Russia, as well as their family members. The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the situation of temporary labor migrants in Russia. Many were unable to leave Russia before the borders were closed, and during the lockdown they lost their jobs and sources of income. The loss of a job turned into problems both for the migrants who remained in Russia and for their families, who could not receive remittances from Russia. Many labor migrants were forced to look for work, adapt to the new socio-economic situation, experienced pressure from the security forces, lost their health and were in a state of stress. The key problems faced by Tajik labor migrants in Russia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 were identified, to determine how much social assistance was available to them during the pandemic, as well as to offer recommendations on providing assistance to people in a difficult situation outside their homeland ...

Keywords: COVID-19, International migration

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  Presented in Session 62. COVID-19 and Migration