IDS Policy Briefing 193

Cambodia’s Covid-19 Response and Migrant Workers

Published on 12 April 2022

As in many Southeast Asian countries, the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and policies to limit its spread greatly disrupted Cambodia’s economy. Workers in Cambodia overwhelmingly operate in the informal sector and remittances from migrant workers abroad constitute a significant portion of the country’s overall gross domestic product.

This briefing examines Cambodia’s Covid-19 response to highlight how knock-on effects have disproportionately impacted vulnerable migrants and informal domestic workers, including human-trafficking survivors. The government should provide social support to these vulnerable groups. Future efforts to manage Covid-19 must consider how they will affect the most vulnerable.

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Bunthea, K.; Kasper, E.; Chiang, M. and Chen, S. (2022) 'Cambodia’s Covid-19 Response and Migrant Workers', IDS Policy Briefing 193, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies, DOI: 10.19088/IDS.2022.023


Eric Kasper

Research consultant

Mina Chiang

Alumni and external consultant

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