Webinar: Rights to work and health – The plight of migrant workers and informal sector workers in South Asia
19 June 2020 1:07 pm

An online discussion on the ‘Rights to work and health: the plight of migrant workers and informal sector workers in South Asia’

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold across the world, migrant and informal workers remain exceptionally vulnerable to the economic and labor market shocks of the pandemic.

More than 40 per cent of 112 million migrants worldwide were born in Asia, primarily originating from India, China, and South Asian countries.

Driven by poverty, environmental degradation or social instability, a large proportion of migrant workers within and from the South Asia region are from the most vulnerable communities. Without sufficient social protection, they are prone to shock and adverse impact.

This webinar is the fourth of a six-part webinar series on the ‘State of Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic in South Asia’, organised by FORUM-ASIA and the South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE).

The webinar will explore:

  1. Struggles of migrant workers in the pandemic and how they are affected by State responses;
  2. Strategies States and non-state actors can take to ensure economic security for migrant workers;
  3. Recommendations to South Asian governments to facilitate a coordinated regional response;
  4. The role social movements and civil society can play to ensure the rights of migrant workers
    and workers in the informal sectors.

Date: 24 June 2020

Time: 3.00 – 4.30 pm (Nepal time)

Click to register or join the webinar directly here.
All interested individuals are invited to participate in the webinar. However, priority will be given to registered individuals should the webinar exceed quota of participants. The webinar will also be live streamed on FORUM-ASIA’s Facebook page.


  • Akhil Ranjan Dutta, Professor, Gauhati University, India
  • Ammar Ali Jan, Member of the Haqooq-e-Khalq Movement (HKM), Pakistan
  • Chandima Arambepola, The Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), Sri Lanka
  • Shahindha Ismail, Executive Director, Maldivian Democracy Network, the Maldives
  • Suresh Dhakal, Associate Professor, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • Tasneem Siddiqui, Chair, Refugee and Migrating Movements Research Unit (RMMRU),

Moderated by Prof. Padma Prasad Khatiwada, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.