12 April 2021

COVID-19 in India: Who are we leaving behind?

Slum in India
Slum in Port Blair, India. Photo by Nabil Naidu on Unsplash.

New paper published by Emmanuel Raju highlighting the challenges of migrants and urban slum dwellers during the COVID-19 response in India. Read the paper here.

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered and intensified existing societal inequalities. People on the move and residents of urban slums and informal settlements are among some of the most affected groups in the Global South. Given the current living conditions of migrants, the WHO guidelines on how to prevent COVID-19 (such as handwashing, physical distancing and working from home) are challenging to nearly impossible in informal settlements. We use the case of India to highlight the challenges of migrants and urban slum dwellers during the COVID-19 response, and to provide human rights-based recommendations for immediate action to safeguard these vulnerable populations. Read full article here