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Promoting health and wellbeing among the migrant workforce

Promoting health and wellbeing among the migrant workforce

Vidya Mohamed-Ali, Ursula Trummer ,Didi Thompson, Zahra Babar, Michela Martini, Saleh Ali Al-Marri, Abdulla Al-Ansari, Mohammed Al-Maadheed

International migrant workers are an essential part of the labor force across the globe, filling important labor gaps in receiving countries and often contributing financially to families in their home countries. Keeping this workforce healthy is not only a moral imperative, but also economically beneficial, as physically and mentally healthy workers are more produc- tive. Yet migrant workers are more likely to be employed in high-risk industries, such as construction, and face unique health challenges when compared to their non-migrant counterparts. Over the last two decades, there have been increasing calls to improve the health and welfare of low-wage migrant laborers, particularly in areas with large numbers of these workers, such as the Middle East. High-profile events accompanied by large infrastructure projects, such as the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM (FWC22), have attracted international media scrutiny over employment practices in the region, but also provided a catalyst for introducing important improvements in workers’ rights, employment conditions and access to healthcare.

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