What has been the impact of Covid-19 on migrant workers in Goa? Survey Findings and Analysis
We did a rapid assesssement of the challenges migrant workers are facing due to COVID19, in partnership with the Goa Humanitarian Helpline and other CSOs.
Migrant workers in Goa have been hugely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. With the full closure of the lucrative tourism industry and a pause on construction projects in the state, many lost their livelihoods overnight. Workers from all over India and Nepal found themselves seeking food and cash relief as they tried to decide whether to attempt to return home or wait out the lockdown in Goa. The situation for migrant workers remains extremely challenging as the state begins to open up and restart in a 'new normal'.
Tandem Research, alongside the Goa Humanitarian Helpline and other CSOs, undertook a survey to understand the challenges facing migrant workers. This report is based on the findings of this survey and outlines the problems migrants faced around accessing relief measures, receiving information from the state government and their plans for returning home or staying in Goa. We then put forward policy recommendations for the short, mid and long-term, underpinned by the need to rebuild Goa as an environmentally and socially sustainable state.