The outbreak of Covid-19 startled the lives of each and every individual in the world. The lockdowns imposed to curb the transmission of the deadly virus made the situation even worse for the people. The migrant labourers who were working far away from their homes were affected pathetically. The lockdown imposed made them stuck in some other states without having any way through which they will be able to reach their homes.
Migrants are unfamiliar with their new environment which is temporary in nature where they are currently living. They are inclined to many sorts of psychological, emotional as well as social trauma in such circumstances, that emanates from the fact that they are worried about the neglect that they face from the local communities and are also worried about the safety and wellbeing of their beloveds who are in their native places during such crisis situation.
Many migrants struggled to reach back to their native places during the prevailing crisis of Covid-19. It was reported that many migrant labourers walked from one state to another i.e. many kilometres in order to reach back to their homes. However, many migrants are also stuck at varied borders, which includes, district, state and even at national borders. These migrants who are stuck at various places are facing many issues related to shelter, food, fear of getting infected by the virus, healthcare, anxiety, nervous about their families, wage loss etc. Some of the migrants are also prone to reactions that are negative and also harassment from the local communities. In this situation, it calls for stringent social protection for these poor migrants who are stuck without even getting basic amenities.
It should be kept in mind that migrants are also human beings who are also equally struggling in this pandemic crisis. A quick action has to be taken for the protection of migrants such as opening community kitchens and also ensuring proper community shelters for them. Their physical safety has to be ensured and also they should be able to connect to their families who are in their native places via calls.