Keynote Address by Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak on 'Migration and the Labour Market Impacts of COVID-19'

Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility
invites you to the
Keynote Address
Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak
Migration and the Labour Market Impacts of COVID-19
at the
CESLAM Kathmandu Migration Conference 2020
15 September 2020 (Tuesday) | 8:45 pm–9:45 pm (Nepal time)
Moderator: Sambriddhi Kharel, Social Science Baha
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Social distancing policies to contain the global pandemic include restrictions that limit people’s geographic mobility and hence prevent migration as a source of income. In addition, many nations have responded to the public health crisis by revoking work visas for existing labor migrants and sending foreign workers home. 

In his keynote, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak will present evidence that both the public health risks of COVID-19 and the economic fallout from mitigation policies have been particularly damaging to households that engage in
labour migration.

Further, Professor Mobarak will discuss findings from a study done by a joint research team of the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE) and the Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility, which tracked 2,600 households in rural Nepal over five rounds of surveys during both lean and harvest seasons, before and after the COVID-19 lockdown. Their results suggest continued lockdowns may lead to even greater hunger, malnutrition, and desperation than what has already been observed.

Read more from Professor Mobarak on this topic in his recent articles in Foreign Policy and Yale Insights.

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Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak
 is Professor of Economics at Yale University. He is the founder and faculty director of the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale (Y-RISE). He holds other appointments at Innovations for Poverty Action, the Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

This is an online event to be held on Zoom and interested participants are required to register here.
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CESLAM Migration Conference 2020, originally scheduled for 19-20 March 2020, is now being held online on 15-16 September 2020.

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