The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the migration landscape across the globe, with its effects on economy and states significantly costing migrants - the loss of means of survival for migrants as well as their dependents back home. Consequently, the path towards recovery will redefine the future of migration, inevitably causing a major regression in the 2030 Agenda. This side event will discuss the impact and challenges of COVID-19 on migration, vis-à-vis the Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on how these issues prevent advancement on the 2030 Agenda, particularly in a post-COVID world.
The session will highlight priority areas identified in the 2021 HLPF within the context of migration during COVID-19, particularly SDGs 1, 8, 10, 13, 16, and 17. The session will underscore the impact on remittances from a development perspective, but also in relation to SDG 1 and how changes in its flow can contribute to more families living in poverty. It looks at SDG 8; particularly as migrant workers are forcibly dismissed or underemployed under exploitative labour conditions. Furthermore, it would focus on migrants’ extreme vulnerability due to unequal access or exclusion from safety and protection policies and measures during the crisis, including social challenges due to increased discrimination and xenophobia.
The discussion will then aim to form concrete and fundamental recommendations on developing and reinforcing concrete multi-stakeholder partnerships working towards building a post-COVID plan that will facilitate recovery under the principle of “leave no one behind” as a central principle of the 2030 Agenda.