Published on: 14-Oct-2020
Worldwide travel restrictions imposed because of the Covid-19 pandemic have "completely upended the seemingly unshakeable global mobility hierarchy", according to a new report. Additionally, some nations - notably the US - have imposed bans or severe restrictions on certain types of work visas while the pandemic has increased political pressure on the likes of Singapore to favour local labour over expatriates. “Attitudes towards middle-class migrants are similar to global sentiments under these pandemic conditions and are characterised by heightened xenophobia in many cases, seeing migrants as competing for scarce jobs and resources with citizens,” according to Laavanya Kathiravelu, a sociologist at Singapore’s NTU.
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