22 October 2020

Within the Radboud University Network on Migrant Inclusion (RUNOMI), the Radboudumc researches the position and vulnerability of labour migrants within the (Dutch) labor market during the COVID-19 pandemic. Maria van den Muijsenbergh is involved in the study on behalf of Radboudumc, which is subsidized by ZonMw/NWO.

In the study 'Migrants in the frontline. The effects of COVID-19 measures on labour migrants working in crucial sectors' examines two groups of migrants: temporary European and 'undocumented' labour migrants working in crucial sectors such as agriculture and meat processing, distribution and services. What is the impact of the corona crisis and measures on this group? What impact has the corona crisis had on employers and intermediaries in these sectors? What effect do existing regulations and corona measures have on the deployment of labour migrants in crucial sectors? These are questions that are central to this research. In addition, the researchers want to find out what structural problems around labor migration have been exposed by the corona crisis and what opportunities this crisis offers for system change to promote the protection of labor migrants.

Corona crisis exposes problems

Professor of Health Differences and Personal Primary Care Maria van den Muijsenbergh: 'It is a fine example of a very broad collaborative project that focuses on immigrant workers, which structural problems the corona crisis has exposed for this group and its consequences on their health, and what opportunities this crisis offers for system change to promote the protection of immigrant workers'.

Consequences seem to be greater for the weaker members of society

The consequences of the corona crisis seem to be greater among the weaker members of society, such as people on low incomes or from a migrant background. Whether this is actually the case, and to what extent, is currently being investigated at a number of research institutes both at home and abroad. Maria van den Muijsenbergh is involved in these studies and is leading the research into the consequences of Corona among homeless people.

She has spoken to various places in the media about the consequences of COVID-19 for these people, including De Volkskrant, RTL Nieuws, BNR Nieuwsradio and Met oog op morgen.


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