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The pandemic is leading the displaced to “catastrophe” after being left without a livelihood

September 21, 2020

1 percent of the world’s population is displaced, which corresponds to around 79.5 million people who had to leave their homes to seek refuge in their own country or in neighboring countries. For them, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the coronavirus pandemic is having a “devastating” economic impact leading to a “catastrophe”.

Travel restrictions, market and business closures, and the general economic recession that the pandemic has brought about have all added to the other challenges already facing displaced persons and refugees who are also struggling to gain access to social safety nets and who have also lost the support that for many represented the remittances their relatives had received from them.

In its “Descending Spiral” report, the NGO carried out studies and needs assessments in a total of 14 countries, including a survey of 1,400 displaced persons in eight countries, to find out how the economic consequences of the pandemic will affect these people, who are among the most at risk in the world Belong to the world.

The pandemic is leading the displaced to “catastrophe” after being left without a livelihood
The pandemic is leading the displaced to “catastrophe” after being left without a livelihood

77 percent of them have lost their jobs or source of income since March, when the pandemic started temporarily or permanently. In addition, 62 percent of those who have received referrals from relatives abroad receive less than before. As a result, they had to borrow 30 percent more than they asked for before this crisis.

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