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Asia's migrants face uneven road back from COVID: ADB-led report

Pandemic continues to depress labor demand in major destination countries

Repatriated overseas Filipino workers arrive back in Manila in May 2020.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Coronavirus-hit demand for migrant workers from Asia is expected to only recover unevenly and will hinge largely on economic rebounds in major destination countries, a new report warns.

Short-term economic growth in major destinations for Asian migrants, as well as origin countries, is expected to remain weak through 2021, according to the joint study by the Asian Development Bank, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Labor Organization.

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