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31/05/2021

Europe’s migrant workers face higher exposure to both COVID-19 and MSDs

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COVID-19 presents a new and disproportionate risk for migrant workers — already one of the most vulnerable groups in Europe’s workforce.

A new EU-OSHA’s discussion paper finds that migrant workers are more likely to be employed in jobs that involve contact with other people and cannot be performed from home. Such roles are also associated with a higher incidence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

The paper, thanks to a specific statistical methodology relying on official survey data, details exposure risk by sector and country, and recommends measures to protect migrant workers’ health during the pandemic and beyond, including information, campaigns and economic and employment support.

Read the discussion paper COVID-19 and musculoskeletal disorders: a double burden of risk for migrant workers in Europe

Check out our COVID-19 resources for the workplace

Consult the Guidelines for the protection of seasonal workers and the Factsheet on the protection of seasonal workers from the European Commission

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