Help to migrant workers in Russia is being organized – food, housing, funerals
A thorough investigation by Elena Ivaschenko of migrant’s specific hardship since the beginning of the pandemic of Covid-19 in Russia and confinement (or ‘self isolation’), published in April 21st, 2020.
Read in Russian: « Врачи спрашивают страховку и регистрацию»
In the light of this specific hardship (lack of money, maintaining (il)legal status, residential promiscuity and high level of potential contamination, problems in accessing emergency services and medical healthcare, understanding Russian language, fearing harassment by the police, etc.), NGOs and international organizations dedicated to supporting migrants in Russia created a Council for helping migrants (Sovet pomoschi migrantam). It includes several NGOs (among others Tong Jahoni, Saxovat, Etmos, etc.), the Russian branches of the IOM and the Red Cross. The council has two main objectives: monitoring the needs and requests for health care and medical support among migrants / delivering food to those in need.
In addition, organizing funerals and repatriation for the dead has become highly difficult given the closure of the borders and the saturation of the morgues. People may have to bury their relatives in Russia, at higher costs in the Moscow region. Read here the open letter of a NGO activist, Karimjon Erov.