Temporary Migrant Workers from the Global South in Turkey: Precarity during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Project OverviewThis study examines the socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic on the experiences of temporary migrant workers from the global south working in low-skilled sectors in Turkey. The pandemic had a negative impact on the Turkish economy leading to high rates of unemployment. For migrant workers on temporary and employer-sponsored work permits, job loss is not just loss of income as they could face undocumented status with the impossibility of being able to go back to the home country or migrate elsewhere to pursue other job opportunities due to restrictions in international travel. While the Turkish government is host to many different temporary residents, migrant workers from less developed countries are hit especially hard as they face unemployment, undocumented status, and immobility during the pandemic. Through in-depth guided interviews with subjects recruited through a snowball sampling strategy and invitations to participate through Facebook and WhatsApp groups for foreigners living in Turkey, this study examines the various ways that the pandemic compounds the precarity of migrant workers in Turkey. This study will also examine the Covid-19-specific health and healthcare challenges migrant workers encounter.
Project KeywordsMigrant workers, precarious work, emerging migrant destination, pandemic
Department or Unit: NA
Organization: Ethnicity & Covid-19 Research Consortium (ECRC)/ Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE)
- Name: MicheleKing-OkoyeOrganization: ECRC/IGDORE
- Name: SakinaAidiaOrganization: ECRC
- Name: Melike SemaGuevarraOrganization: ECRC
- Name: DeidreKelleyOrganization: ECRC
CONVERGE is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation, Program on Humans, Disasters, and the Built Environment (Award #1841338). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.